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Headed out for our first trek!

Hello friends and families,

Tomorrow morning, we will head out on our first trek in the Cordillera Real. This is one of the most stunning mountain ranges in all of the Andes. We will spend four days in this magical range.

Here’s our trek plan:

Day 1 (23 of September): We will drive from La Paz to the Tuni area, where we will set up camp and our kitchen in cabins on the Laguna Chiar Khota. In the afternoon, we will go for a moderate hike in order to continue acclimatization

Day 2 (24 of September): We will hike to a viewpoint that will give us views of the Condoriri mastiff.

Day 3 (25 of September): This will be our longest and most challenging day of hiking. Our goal will be the summit of Pico Austria at 5,300m. From here we will enjoy views of a large portion of the Cordillera Real and Lake Titicaca.

Day 4 (26 of September): We will have the option of hiking to the base of one of the glaciers or hiking to a glacial lake.

Day 5 (27 of September): We will return in the morning to La Paz, and will arrive around lunchtime. Expect some updates from the students on this day.

This is our last adventure before we head to Cochabamba and settle into our long-term homestays.  Check out Pedro’s white board drawing for the rest of our September itinerary!

Abrazos,

Mateo, Pedro, Irene