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Ready for Ausangate

Vanessa, Instructor

After an amazing time in Machu Picchu, we are now in Ocongate getting ready for a 4-day hike to Ausangate mountain. This happens to be the most sacred mountain for the Quechua people in Southern Peru. Everyone is excited because of the challenge of......Read More

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Machu Picchu a la vista

Vanessa, Instructor

This morning we woke up at 5 am to climb up early for about 3000 feet to get to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain. It was hard but we managed to do it all! Even though it rained the whole night and it was cloudy for the mort part, we could enjoyed......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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paru paru and home

jonah jowell, Participant

the relation between the paru paru homestay and my house in california is the interaction with the siblings. They always are having conflicts but in the end they help eachouther in the end. (hi danielle)...Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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Mid-Course Recap

Jacob Schorsch, Participant

We just wrapped up our five day homestay in Paru Paru, where many aspects of the everyday life resembled those of our own. Every day, the entire family ate breakfast and dinner together, no matter what they were doing, similar to my family back......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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Mid-Course Update

Sam Gold, Participant

Hi, We are in the town of Ollantaytambo after spending around a week in a village called “Parque de las Papas.” There, we did a homestay and many other activities like potato separating and hiking. Our stay there reminded me of home......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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The People of Paru Paru and their Land

Katherine Tupac, Participant

Today the topic that was assigned for our Yak post was “How do the indegenous people interract with their land.” This is a question that has many answers. I have two of those answers. The first is that the people of Paru Paru acknowledge......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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Reflection after Paru Paru

Barrett Liebermann, Participant

We just said our goodbyes to the lovely families who hosted us for the past five days. Learning about a completely different way of life and the ways that the people of Paru Paru interact with their environment was so amazing to me. One of the most......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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My connections between Paru Paru and home

Alexander Auge-Opman, Participant

During my time with my homestay family at Paru Paru, I noticed multiple similarities to my home. One of the most important connections was how the entire family woud all eat together during each meal. A second similarity was that we would all help......Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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ParuParu

Dev Deepak, Participant

finally here in Ollantaytambo after spending 6 days in Paru Paru. the entire visit was incredible, as a group we explored the mountains and spent a night sleeping under the stars. most of us managed to improve our language skills either by learning......Read More

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Añay Paru Paru

Kaela, Instructor

We are leaving Paru Paru today full of gratitude and colorful memories of our host families and our first trek in the Andes. In Paru Paru we were welcomed with flower petals and open arms. Our host families provided us with endless cups of hot tea,......Read More

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From Cusco to Paru Paru

Kaela, Instructor

Peru 4B just spent two glorious days exploring Cusco. We cheered on Peru in the Copa America final against Brazil with hundreds of other people in the Plaza de Armas. We climbed many stairs up to the Jesus Cristo statue overlooking the city to watch......Read More

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Hinchando por Peru

Vanessa, Instructor

We are now in the main plaza of Cusco city hinchando for the national soccer team in the Copa Sudamericana. The plaza is a big party right now and there is no better place in the country to celebrate. Wish us luck!!...Read More

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Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group B

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First Day in Cusco

Caitlin, Jacob, and Jonah, Participant

We arrived this morning in Cusco after the long bus ride from Puerto. We had an amazing time in Boca Pariamanu, where we had our homestays. Our favorite parts were hiking in the amazon, playing volleyball and soccer with the whole community, and......Read More

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Boca Pariamanu to Cusco

Jeanette, Participant

We recently got off the bus going from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, which involved lots of turns and bumps from winding roads. Right before this, we spent three days in an indigenous community called Boca Pariamanu. In these three days, we spent time......Read More