Greetings from Peru, where the only thing tastier than the ceviche is the pisco! The Lauder Spanish track has been loving life in Lima, learning about the country’s culture, economy, and sociopolitical landscape. After taking language and culture classes every morning at the Universidad del Pacífico in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima, the group has been spending their afternoons in corporate visits and guest lecture series. There has been an abundance of learning experiences, from meeting with the CEO and Chairman of Buenaventura, Peru’s largest mining company, to learning about social impact enterprises throughout Latin America.
Outside of class, the students have been immersing themselves in Peruvian life. Led by their fearless leader, Eva Recio-González, the Spanish track has gone to see local bands perform in concerts, a Peruvian interpretation of the renowned play, “Disgraced,” and countless museum visits. On one such visit to the Museo Larco, Lauder alumnus and founder of baby.com.br and Cotopaxi, Davis Smith, met the group and spent a dinner telling stories of his start-up experiences and treks through South America. The group has also met with Lauder alumnus Greg Mitchell and had an eventful night on the town with the handful of Wharton-only students from Lima.
Next week, the Spanish track heads to the magical city of Cusco before a visit to Machu Picchu and a stop in Puno on Lake Titicaca. During this trip, the students will enjoy visits to archaeological sites, Inca ruins, a night with a local host family, and a corporate visit to Caja Rural Los Andes, a local bank started by Lauder alumna Rosanna Ramos-Velita. The group will then return to Lima for one final week before heading to Colombia for July.
Blog courtesy of the Lauder Class of 2016 Spanish Program. Also check out these great photos from the group’s recent trip to Pachamanca and Machu Picchu.