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Machu Picchu Panoramas

Anna Wolf, Instructor

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Some choose not to visit the world heritage site of Machu Picchu because of the tourist vs. traveler dilemma. With 5,000 sightseers per day and an annual revenue of USD $35.9 million, it is challenging to find “authentic” educational experiences amidst the touristic elements. For social and environmental reasons, our group decided to take the road less traveled by avoiding the trains/buses and instead walking with all our gear from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, camping outside the sanctuary in a park, and then hiking up to the ruins (totalling 48km roundtrip on foot)! Despite burning calves, reaching the heights of… Read More

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The Line Between Heaven and Earth

Asher Freund, Participant

Yak of the Week

Happy Thursday! I don’t have much time to write this yak because i am meeting my host family for lunch in 20 minutes. So i will briefly recount some moments and share a few thoughts: During our 5 day trek around Apu Ausangate, I witnessed the most......Read More


No Rodeos In This San Antonio

Roadney Louis, Participant

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Hello to all! Staying here in San Antonio over the past few days, it really opens your eyes to the vast number of wonderful places there are around the world that many may not have the opportunityto see in their lifetime. From the view of the volcanoes from the coast of Lake Atitlan, to the sunsets blended with hues of pink, blue, orange, and yellow, this town has been such a sight to be in thus far. During our stay, we’ve begun our homestays in pairs, allowing us to find more independence within ourselves, as well as intensifying our use… Read More



Micah LeMasters, Instructor

Yak of the Week

This village, Sinle, is built low in a valley where the terraces flatten out and step lazily toward the small rivers that crisscross their way toward the delta. There are hills all around me and I can see the stars for the first time this week. They......Read More


Be Present

Kyle Pidgeon, Participant

Yak of the Week

“They aren’t foreign, we are.” Our instructors remind us as we navigate the Thai toilets, step into the mud to plant rice, and take a bite of the strange dish our host-mother has prepared for our dinner. This is true of any place; there will......Read More