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Chloe!

annika, Participant

Our ecolodge has a resident llama named Chloe– she was raised with the dogs (fluffy, fluffy but not-so-fluffy, and not fluffy), and genuinely she believes she’s one of them. She responds to her name (we watched her excitedly run towards......Read More

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HOLA DESDE OLLANTAYTAMBO

Jackson Mangum, Participant

Hi all! So far, the adventure in Peru has been wild. We are almost done with the orientation faze and getting ready to embark on our first Trek. This group is awesome!! Im so happy to be getting to know them and share this experience with them all.......Read More

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hi hello greetings

Leo, Participant

hi people! I am back in Ollantaytambo right now for a day trip to the city. Evan, Jackson, Owen, and I just hiked up these great ruins, finding various bathtubs. These past couple days have been pretty fun–Ive been enjoying becoming better......Read More

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Orientation update!

Owen, Participant

Bienvenidos! We are currently in Ollantaytambo doing a scavenger hunt. We just finished exploring the incredible ruins that tower over the city and our next objectives is to find and internet cafe and make a post about orientation (which I am doing......Read More

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Morning Hike!

Piper ackermann, Participant

This morning we went on a hike just outside of our orientation site to test out our hiking boots and climb up the hillside of Urubamba. While the hike lasted less than an hour the steep steps we took hiking up left most of us with a racing heart and......Read More

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Hey

Evan, Participant

Hey Parents I promise I´ll call soon. Im sitting in an internet cafe near the Ollantaytambo ruins typing on a grubby keyboard – it’s been a long day and ill keep this short because I will call soon but I am having an amazing time. I......Read More

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Estamos en Urubamba :)

Annika, Leo, Gabrielle, Participant

Howdy! We are currently writing from an internet cafe in Urubamba, about 1.5 hours from Cusco. We just ate lomo saltado, arroz con pollo, y lentejas con pescado in the local market, and we are now running around doing a scavenger hunt. We have been......Read More

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Hola from Urubamba

Lucas, Reeve, and Madeleine, Participant

Hey guys, This is Lucas, Reeve, and Madeleine reporting live from a random internet cafe in Urubamba. We are half way through our scavenger hunt around town, and we are probably gonna lose based on the fact that we wasted 2 hours trying to find this......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt: Urubamba

Jackson, Lia, Piper, Participant

We are writing from our first internet cafe in Urubamba! We are on a scavenger hunt to explore the city and use our spanish (or pipers lack of spanish) So far we have bought fruit in the market, found the most expensive hotel, taken photos next to......Read More

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Scrunchies, TP, and Chicken Carci

Evan, Izzy, Isabelle, Owen (E, I, y I, O), Participant

¡Hola from Urubama!, Evan, Izzy, Owen, and Isabelle here! Today we’ve been to the market, and bought scrunchies for our lovely instructors (who made us buy them gifts). We also bought some emergency TP (usually in the US we call it #2, here......Read More

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Group B is at the gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Group B is finally all together at their gate, ready to board their flight to Bogota. Safe travels students! Family & Friends, look out for another update from the instructor team once the students have arrived safely in Cuzco tomorrow morning!......Read More

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What’s up

Lucas, Participant

Intro Hey guys. Probably the last one. I’m Lucas and I’m from New York City. I’m really excited to be taking a gap year before I go to college next fall. I’m just gonna keep this short since I’m gonna see you guys in like a day......Read More

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pre-course assignment

Piper Ackermann, Participant

Reading Eduado Galeano’s, Open Veins of Latin America provided me with a more detailed history of the rule over Latin America and the brutalities that the locals faced as a result of Spain’s desires. Immediately from the title of this piece I......Read More

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Pre-Course Assignment

Isabelle Wydler, Participant

Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America details the immense violence, racism, and exploitation of the Latin American people and land.  The song “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13 seems to be a response to the history of violence and......Read More