PSS Spring '11

To Peru and Back

In May, HWS alums toured Peru, led by Professor of Latin American Studies and Economics Scott McKinney P'13. The tour included stops in Lima, Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Trustee Maureen Collins Zupan '72, P'09 blogged about their adventure at

by Sarah Tompkins '10

From the mists of Machu Picchu to the rocky terrain of the Scared Valley, Peru seems to be shrouded in mythology. However, this spring, HWS alumni, alumnae and parents had the unique opportunity to get a true taste of the exciting culture and cuisine of Peru.

Under the guidance of Professor of Latin American Studies and Economics Scott McKinney P'13, who was born and raised in the South American country, members of the HWS community were able to spend nine days immersed in a lush world of ancient ruins, vibrant markets and flavorful dishes.

Among the adventurers was Trustee Maureen Collins Zupan '72, P '09, who, in a daily blog teeming with cultural observations, history and vivid photos, reflected on the group's travels from bustling cities to towering mountains in places such as Lima, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Machu Picchu and Cuzc. You can read the blog at

"New friendships were made and old friendships were renewed. We've now had a common experience that will stay with us forever," explains Zupan in her final blog entry. "I think it would be silly to say it was the best vacation I've ever had, or that it was a life changing experience – or that nothing went wrong. But if it isn't all of that, then it's as close as it could be."

Stay tuned for information about other trips being planned for 2012.


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