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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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ISP madness

Brian, Instructor

Hola familias! Here are a few pics from the afternoons of this week (and a few random ones too…) which have been times for Independent Study Projects (ISPs). In no particular order we have: Kayla and Sofía in Quechua classes Philip (aka......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Changes

Kayla Hutto, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I arrived in Peru, my transition was awkward and made the list of the top 10 most uncomfortable experiences I’ve had. In my ignorance, I didn’t apprehend the clash between my old life and the kind of life I would begin to experience......Read More

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Personal growth in Urubamba

Sofia Perez-Conrad, Participant

Greetings from Urubamba! We have now started our homestay with local families. So far it has been an amazing experience, as it challenges us to speak Spanish and Quechua. Although it is only our second day with these families, there are lifelong......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Beauty Comes from Admiration

Tava Harper, Participant

Hello family & friends! These past two weeks have been surreal, to say the least. I have spent a lot of time walking, thinking, and trying to catch my breath! We got back from our trek around Ausungate a few days ago, and I have never......Read More

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Ausangate photos!

I-TEAM, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Greetings from our homestay town Urubamba! We are so happy to share that we completed our 5-day trek around the Ausangate mountain range, across remote communities from Upis to Pacchanta. Our companions and guides were the wonderful Condori family, who possess generations of wisdom and practical skills for navigating the intense climate, altitude and terrain of the Andes. Each day started with a coca ceremony to provide health and blessings on or journey, and in addition to seeing up/taking down camp and cooking three meals a day, students took on leadership roles such as guide, facilitator, sage, historian, timekeeper, accountant,… Read More

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Photos from the last pass

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and family, The group just reached the final high pass of the trek, and had just enough of a phone signal to send these photos.  They will descend for the rest of the day and camp in Pac’chanta this evening.  Instructors write......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Update from trek!

Marisa Phipps & Tava Harper, Participant

Dear Peru 6 families and friends, We have been receiving regular updates from the group during their trek.  The hiking has been challenging, but students and instructors have been rewarded with spectacular views of the high Andes and a united......Read More

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In the Mountain

Sofia Perez-Conrad, Participant

The group has just arrived in Upis, a small community near Ausangate. We have met up with the Condori brothers, who will lead us on the trek. Lots of preparation has been required by both our group and the Condori brothers. Wish us luck on this......Read More

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Mi Corazon Paloma

Anna Wolf, Instructor

Yesterday we visited our dear friend and trusted guide Fabian, who led a ceremony in his home to pay tribute and provide offerings to la Pachamama as well as request permission to enter Apu Ausangate for our 5-day trek. While orientation gave us the......Read More

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Saludos desde Ocongate

Asher Freund, Participant

Saludos desde Ocongate! Our orientation days in Urubamba have been too full of adventures and learning to give a thorough summary, so I’ll just share a few memories that stand out. The Miami Airport was very stressful. My flight arrived an hour......Read More

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Sutoc Paqha

Philip Psaledakis, Participant

Hola! We’ve been in Urubamba for a few days for orientation, but just finished a long day of travel to get to Ocongate where we will start our trek. I like how this course doesn’t follow a strict outline which leaves room for individual pursuits......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Urubamba

Kayla Hutto, Participant

Hola Family and Friends! Orientation is going well. We arrived at Ccatan* (our current home) yesturday in the afternoon and the eight of us have been getting used to speaking Spanish. Today we spent some time in Urbamba which is a small pueblo about......Read More

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¡Hola!

Philip, Sofia y Brian, Participant

¡Hola Familias!  We are doing great here in Urubamba! Although we have only been here 2 days we have many stories to tell. Today, us two had the opportunity to explore downtown alone practicing our Spanish. We were challenged to ask questions to......Read More

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Walking Around Urubamba!

Tava, Taya & Asher, Participant

Hey all! Just spent a day on the town in our group of 3 navigating a scavenger hunt that was given to us by our instructor Anna! Tava- Urubamba is a beautiful town, every where I look there is a mountain in the distance. The food here has been......Read More

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First view of the Andes!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Peru 6 friends and families, Here is a photo of the group en route to their orientation site today in the Sacred Valley.  These views will accompany the group for weeks to come! The instructors report that things are off to a great start, and......Read More

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Together in Cuzco!

Anna Wolf, Instructor

Queridas familias y amigxs, At last we have reached our final destination in Peru! After traveling all day and surviving red eye flights the group is safe and happy with all of their belongings (including passports!) in the holy city of Cuzco. We......Read More