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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Off for our trek!

 

To start our first trek we asked a group of local musicians to do a Koa ceremony for us to ask Mother Earth for permission and safe passage on our trek into Maragua Crater. The Koa is a sacred offering to Pachamama or Mother Earth made of different plants and sweets that is burned over a fire. The Koa represents our attempt to give back to Pachamama all that she gives us, it acts as a display of reciprocity.

We’ll be hiking until the 17th. Our yak board may be a little quiet until we get back on the 17th but we will be in regular communication with the Dragons Admin. If you have any questions please pass them on to the office and they will contact us directly.

Here’s a short video of the Koa and musical performance!