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Leaving Space for Livana

Elly, Instructor

From the beginning of our orientation the 11 students that initially arrived kept reminding each other to leave space for Livana, a student that wasn’t able to make it to the course start but arrived TODAY! We are all very excited for her arrival......Read More

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Homesickness in the Andes

Zora, Participant

Yak of the Week

¡Hola a todos! It is incredible to think that in the past ten days, I met the people I with whom will be spending the next three months, explored the town of Urubamba to the point where I almost know my way around (I can at least find my new......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Reflexiones

Gillian, Participant

As the van carrying us away from hot springs and back towards Urumbamba turned around another switchback the mountains that comprised our surroundings for the past four days faded into the distance. I sat in the far back listening to the songs I had......Read More

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Post trek

Zoe, Participant

I am writing this yak in desperate need of a shower. We just arrived back in Urubamba after our first trek. What an adventure. Although only three days, I feel like I have been gone forever. The trek was incredible. it felt good to move my body but......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Urubamba to Lares

sam parmelee, Participant

Starting at a mere 9,000 feet we walked on the side of a jungle like river until it became the melt off from a glacier. It was amazing to see the transformation of the scenery as our pack mules and llamas truded past us. The arieros sped past us......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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En la Cordillera

Amado, Participant

One trekking pole in front of the other, we plod on our endless uphill climb, trying to get over a pass that we see looming in the distance, flanked on both sides by severe, snow-capped cliffs. Usually a happy, talkative group, the majority of us......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The Lares trek

Noelle, Participant

Everyone was excited for the first trek. Some of us already had some experience in trekking and sleeping in tents and for others it was a complete mystery. I tried oatmeal and peanutbutter & jelly sandwiches for the first time, which made the......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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First Yak

Clemente, Participant

Hola, we have finished our orientation and our 3 day treck and are now preparing to meet with our homestay families. We went to exchange money and afterwards took our clothes to a lavanderia. We have just finished eating at Pizza Quinoa and are......Read More

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Going Down

Maggie Reyes, Participant

First trek. I felt like I was in a different world. The sacred Apus of Peru surrounded me on all sides. I could hear rushing water beside me and the sun was shining brightly overhead. But even in the lushest, most sublime landscapes, things can go......Read More

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¡A caminar!

Raquel, Instructor

Hola friends and family!! We have finished up our orientation at the  beautiful Ecolodge Ccatan with our hosts Yami, Miguel, Facundo and Alejandro, and Salomé and Américo, and are headed into the neighboring mountains for a three-day trek. We......Read More

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Orientating in the Sacred Valley

Lxs Instructores, Instructor

After months of preparation and anticipation and several loooong flights, our team for the Andes and Amazon Fall Semester 2018 finally arrived together in Cuzco on Sunday the 16th of September, although we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of......Read More

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A Scavenger Hunt Without Motortaxis

Claire, Amado, Noelle, Natasha, Participant

Yak of the Week

It´s difficult to do a scavenger hunt in Urubamba, Peru when there is no word for a Scavenger Hunt in this part of South America. It is also difficult to explain why we need to know how long it takes to get to Ocongate when we don´t need to......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Scavenger Hunt (We are the best)

Zora, Clemente, Zoe, y Maggie (Las Pampas), Participant

Hello from Urubamba in our first internet cafe! Currently we are on a scavenger hunt around the city with the best team of all time! We have collected medicinal herbs, fruits we have never seen before, and made a couple of friends including a papas......Read More

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Urubamba

Grace, Gillian, Sam, Participant

Queridos todos, We are here in an internet cafe in Urubamba. The steep cliffs of the valley surround us as we attempt to win the scavenger hunt. We’ve been walking around for hours trying to complete all our tasks. We bought some coca leaves......Read More

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¡Estamos en Perú!

Los Instructorxs, Instructor

Hola friends and family!! The group has safely arrived to Cusco and we are currently in route to Urubamba where we will be for five days in orientation. It will be a good chance for students to acclimate to a new culture, language, and the group. Un......Read More