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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

Safely Arrived In Cusco!

Dear friends and family of Andes & Amazon group A,

We have arrived! The group is safe and sound on the ground in Cusco, Peru, ready to begin three months of travel, learning, and growth.

This morning, we drive to Pisac, a small community in the Sacred Valley where we will spend a few days on the banks of the Urubamba River getting acclimatized, getting to know each other, and familiarizing ourselves with the people, languages, and environment of the high Andes. We’ll keep you updated with Yak posts in the coming weeks as our journey takes us farther into the mountains.

As we begin to write our own story together, we leave you for now with a bit of advice that might guide us from Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letter To A Young Poet”:
You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves—like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. The point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Jhasmany, Sandy, and Jeff