Colca Canyon by Anthony

Our journey to colca canyon began with a short stay in the town of Chivay, where we filled up on an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch, saw a live performing band during dinner, and traveled to a hot spring that simultaneously relaxed our bodies and alleviated the incessant itching of innumerable bug bites accumulated from the previous weeks white water rafting excursion. After a nights rest,… Read more

Departure 2014

Lake Titicaca homestay by Alison

Hola amigos! Bringing you this blog post is Alison Gu, and I recount our adventures beginning from July 28. Enjoy! July 28: Today we got up at what seems to be a normal time for us, 645, to have breakfast at the hostel. Then we were out by 730 and at the bus station at 8, and leaving cusco for good at 8 30. It… Read more

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Peru Rafting Adventure by Trey

First and foremost, to all the worried moms and dads – there are no broken bones, missing appendages, or casualties; just smiling faces, conquered fears, and countless great memories! Over the three day rafting trip, the group rafted down the Apurimac River. We were split into three teams, each with one raft and a guide. There was another raft for all of the cargo, as… Read more

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Inca jungle trek by Lindsey

In the past four days, we have climbed mountains, biked through a cloud forest, eaten fruit fresh off the trees, and visited one of the most famous ruins in the world. What a few days it has been! We woke up early Sunday morning and prepared to begin our journey to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail. After a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and… Read more

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Week One by Jonathan

Never would I have expected to have twelve new, instant friends after only a week in this exciting new country, but alas, something has just clicked with these people from all over the US (and Canada, I have to give some credit to our very special Canadian friend, Allison). Even though she works in mysterious foreign ways, (with more energy and positivity than I every… Read more

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Peru Program – The Horn

Before arriving to Peru I took the road laws for granted. Actually, I never had to consider why anyone would be in any lane but the right. But surprises are the beauty of traveling, and the first taxi experience in Lima will totally change your perspective on driving. On every street the taxi drivers appear to be jockeying for space, coming within inches of eachother… Read more

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Peru Program – Inca jungle trek and my coca leaf habit

The time in the trip had arrived that most of us had been waiting for – the inca jungle trek! The trek we´d be taking was an alternative to the one that hourdes of tourists come to trek day after day. As apposed to dealing with 500 people, we only had to contend with a dozen or so. The first part started out with a… Read more

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Peru Program – Ceviche, Coca, and Cusco

These are just three of the many new things that I have discoveredduring my first week in Peru. Ceviche is a delicious national foodcomposed of a type of fish served mixed in with vegetables and plentyof lime juice to create an overwhelming flavor. The coca plant, whichmay carry a bad connotation in the US given that it can be turned intococaine (which we have been… Read more

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Peru Summer Program – Dos

My twenty-minute walk to school this morning from my homestay in Santiago, an area of Cusco to the south of the main plaza, was eerily calm. Due to the country-wide transporation strike, “Paro,” a protest of rising gas prices, among other complaints, I didn´t have to constantly guard my toes from speeding taxis, which swarm the city´s narrow, cobblestone streets with what seems like no… Read more

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Peru Summer Program – Una

After arriving late Saturday, little did the group know their day would start by exploring catacombs, and end with paragliding and eating octopus ceviche. But such are the adventures when you´re traveling in Peru. The group is getting along well, and have been learning as much from each other as they have from Peru. Through out the trip we´ll be composing a group guidebook for… Read more

Departure 2008