A natural Incan-made slide, and you can slide down it? Yeah, I’m definitely going to do that. Saqsayhuamán, is an Incan Archaeological site that the most famous Incan Patchaqutec built out of respect for the sun for “assisting” them in a battle that they won. The site overlooks the city of Cusco and you can see for miles around at the top of it. Our group went to Saqsayhuamán on a weekend excursion. We learned a lot about the Incan’s and about how they built a lot of their architecture. They had to bring the stones that they used to … // Read more
First day on our journey through Peru! We have already seen so much. Today we took a tour along the Pacific coast and into colonial Lima. We got to take a tour through the amazing and ornate 16th century cathedral and walked underground to the catacombs beneath it. The bones of the people were stacked 10 meters high and arranged in a decorative fashion. It was very chilling, yet amazing to see. From there we joined up for some very popular local Peruvian cuisine of raw fish marinated in lime juice called ‘ceviche’ which was very good. We also learned … // Read more
Check out this great video from the University of North Alabama students who went on a study abroad trip to Peru this summer!
Needless to say, this trip has already been filled with dramatic sights and beautiful architecture. It is not surprising that the things my group has seen are extremely surprising. I know that all the UNA study abroad trips are one great experience after another, but why? The preparation for an excursion like this can be nothing short of taxing. As I sit on 5 a.m. seven hour bus ride from Lima to Nazca, I think about the logistics. Our time is filled with activities of all different types. Every day in the country has been mapped out so the … // Read more
Check out this great video montage of the first four days of the Peru trip! This video was put together by one of our student bloggers, Mack Cornwell.
Organized chaos. This is how I would describe Lima, the capitol city of Peru. Millions of people and what feels like zero traffic regulation. It was funny watching my classmates cringe on our first bus ride as our driver came within inches form the tiny little car in front of us. Cars in peru come standard with horn cruise control, I think, but I’m glad for it because my gringo self would have been run over numerous times otherwise. I made the observation while walking around the metropolitan city that there were few smokers. Most buildings and rooms had multiple “No Fumar” (no smoking) signs. When I traveled … // Read more
So if you do decide to go on this trip, I highly recommend that you fight for the front seat on the bus from Nazca to Arequipa. It’s like being on a roller coaster for several hours (they do make medicine and motion sickness patches… so you will be okay.) In addition to it being a fun ride, the landscape around you is B-E-A-UTIFUL! We were driving through the desert and the mountains (as far as you could see) and we were also super close to the ocean. We got to see the sunset. The sky was orange and yellow … // Read more