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

Walking in los Frailes

Howdy everyone,

As I write, the students are in the courtyard of our hostel, dividing four days of food for 15 people into 15 equal piles. Today is trek prep day! After splitting into groups this morning, we all fled into Sucre’s market to buy fixings for soups, sandwiches, and (hopefully) delicious quinoa dinners. This first trek will not be supported by mules or llamas, so its important we divide all food and gear evenly!

Yesterday we met with Crispine, one of the three guides who will accompany us for the next four days. The students asked great questions, and Crispine excited all of us with some extra effort that he has put into this trek. Because of his passion for the region, we will be able to meet with various community members along the route and checkout fossilized dinosaur footprints! We are excited to walk through the Bolivian Andes not only to enjoy the landscape, but learn about rural lifestyles and understand the land’s history.

Starting early tomorrow morning (9/23), we will not have access to the internet until late in the day on the 26th.

Happy trails,

Ben