In Peru, Dr. Biden meets entrepreneurs, chefs, teachers, and students

Dr. Biden tours San Ignacio de Loyola University in Lima, Peru with Ambassador Brian A. Nichols.
“Over the past few days, I’ve been fortunate to experience something that you all know well — the depth and the beauty of Peruvian culture.”
— Dr. Biden

Following her visit to Costa Rica, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Peru where she met with women and girls throughout the country who are going to school, running businesses, and serving as civic leaders in their communities.

Lima, Peru

“In Lima, I tasted traditional cuisine at Surquillo Market with Peruvian Chef Flavio.”
— Dr. Biden

On Monday morning, Dr. Biden, joined by Ambassador Nichols, Peruvian toured Surquillo Mercado in Lima, Peru with Chef Flavio Solorzano and Minister of Trade and Tourism Magali Silva. Surquillo is popular among local residents and restaurateurs who prepare the rich and vibrant flavors unique to Peruvian cuisine.

Later in the morning, students at Carreras Profesionales en Ingeniería y Tecnología (TECSUP) spoke with Dr. Biden about their latest inventions and STEM projects. As part of her visit to the campus, the Second Lady also toured the school’s FAB LAB, an educational outreach component of the United States’ MIT Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). At TECSUP, roughly 2,200 students are taught employable skills through the school’s technical and research training programs.

In Lima, Peru, Dr. Biden gets a firsthand look at TECSUP’s innovative projects. Photo by James Pan, State Department.

Before departing Lima, Dr. Biden toured the Chef School at San Ignacio de Loyola University (USIL) where culinary students are aspiring to be restaurant owners and top chefs. Dr. Biden thanked the university faculty for their strategic partnership with universities in Puerto Rico and Alabama under President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.

Culinary students and teachers at San Ignacio de Loyola University in Lima, Peru share their recipes with Dr. Biden and Ambassador Nichols. Photo by James Pan, State Department.

Cusco, Peru

“I toured Coricancha Temple and the Church of Santo Domingo — a magnificent representation of the country’s rich religious tradition and the mystifying craftsmanship of the Incas, only to be exceeded by their most significant tangible legacy: Machu Picchu.”
— Dr. Biden

On Monday evening, Dr. Biden arrived in Cusco where young women participating in the State Department’s Youth Ambassador’s Program helped lead a tour of the Coricancha Temple, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire. Through the Youth Ambassadors initiative, students are assigned three-week exchange projects in the United States that will help them learn leadership skills and the importance of civic responsibility.

State Department Youth Ambassadors help lead Dr. Biden’s tour of the Coricancha temple in Cusco, Peru. Photo by James Pan, State Department.

Machu Picchu

“One of the greatest artistic and architectural achievements in the world, Machu Picchu was breathtaking. Few places in the world convey the same kind of perspective.”
— Dr. Biden

In the morning on Tuesday, students from the first class of Cusco’s new Colegio de Alto Rendimiento (COAR) shared a piece of Peru’s history with Dr. Biden at Machu Picchu. Mesa Verde National Park Service Superintendent Cliff Spencer joined the tour to exchange best practices with local park rangers. Her historic visit the marked the first time a White House official led a delegation to Machu Picchu.

Dr. Biden and National Park Service Superintendent Cliff Spencer visit Machu Picchu with student leaders and a teacher from Cusco’s Colegio de Alto Rendimineto. Photo by James Pan, State Department.

Cusco, Peru

“I met with the talented and inspiring women at the Chinchero weaving cooperative and learned how the Center works to preserve the textile traditions of Cusco, while providing fair trade support to the indigenous people who create them.”
— Dr. Biden

On Wednesday, Dr. Biden visited a woman’s weaving cooperative, the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the heart of the Chinchero community.

You should be proud of the paths you are setting for yourselves, and I urge you to be confident, to always believe in yourself and to never forget that education is the key to success. If you continue to work hard and study, to constantly challenge yourselves, there’s no limit to how big you can dream.
— Dr. Biden

In the afternoon, Dr. Biden toured Colegio de Alto Rendimiento and addressed students about the United States’ commitment to ensuring young men and women have an equal shot at getting a quality education. COAR is a magnet school created by the Peruvian Ministry of Education to educate top performing students from public high schools across the country.

Dr. Biden visits classes at the Colegio de Alto Rendimineto in Cusco, Peru. Photo by James Pan.

Next, Dr. Biden will travel to Argentina where she will hear from government leaders, teachers and students about local efforts to expand opportunities for higher education. More to come!

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