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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

Un Díá en Urubamba

Today, we were challenged to discover our new home of Urubamba by way of a scavenger hunt. The instructors split us up into groups of three to get more individual practice speaking in Spanish. We began the day by exploring the local market where we tried 4 new fruits. Our favorite, similar to many locals, was Pitahaya or Peruvian dragonfruit. Following our visit to the market, we engaged with locals at the Plaza de Armas. We asked questions to further our knowledge of this new and unfamiliar environment. Most of the locals we met were excited to answer our questions. We then met JP and another group for a delicious lunch of sopa y chicharron. Finally, we visited an Artesian shop where we came up with our team name, Las Waqrapukanas meaning “the horns” in Quechua (long story). After our adventures we were even more excited to spend the next two weeks living and exploring Urubamba.