It’s been an amazing three months! It is with a heavy heart and excitement for the future that we bid farewell to our 10 terrific students, each who brought something unique and valued to our little nomadic group.
From the humid coasts of Ecuador to the high and chilly mountains of Peru, this semester was truly filled with adventure, laughs, and challenges for all of us. Talking about permaculture, practicing… Read More
We made it! It was an epic hike, over the Salkantay pass at 15,000 ft, camping below massive mountain peaks, and pushing our bodies to complete 4 days of hiking.
Our troop of 10 (plus a guide, cooks, mules and mule drivers) had a great experience. From high mountain peaks to the jungle, we traversed through an amazing array of ecosystems. It was an unforgettable experience! We met the final… Read More
This past week was our student directed travel week. After spending the day in Cusco, we hopped on a very enjoyable ten hour overnight bus ride to Arequipa. We spent two days there relaxing at our hostel and exploring the beautiful city. At 3 am on Monday, we got on a bus that took us and the rest of the group that we would be hiking with to Colca Canyon.… Read More
This week we went off the map and then a little further to Qenco, a village quietly nestled in a mountain at 12,000+ feet.
Enduring the rain, wind, and mud, we were rewarded with picturesque mountain views and opportunities to hang out with llamas and 100’s of sheep in the morning and at sunset.
We also spent time working with our host families on various projects to fully engaged in… Read More
This week we were welcomed into new host families in the small town of Ollantaytambo, which is the jumping off point for many treks to Machu Picchu. We partnered up with Awamaki, a local NGO whose purpose it is to aid and empower women in the area through business endeavors and workshops.
In addition to having homestays, this week marked the final week of Spanish classes for our group. We… Read More
Written By Saffron We said “chao” to Ecuador and proceeded to miss our connecting flight from Lima to Cusco. The six hours of waiting in the Lima airport for the next flight to Cusco made our arrival to the inkan sun city all the more exciting. We have been in this bustling city for four days now. We arrived on halloween night and the streets were teeming with people, music… Read More
Written By Grace & Saffron After a stunning bus ride up and around and through the mountains, we found ourselves in the small town of Pucara at Finca La Fe. Pucara is located on the western slope of the Andes in the Intag/cloudy forest region. This region is known for ecological diversity and being suspended in cloud vapor the majority of time. During out time at Fina La Fe we… Read More
Written By Daniel and Mira We finally made it out of Tena, the protests ended by some random miracle, as the government agreed to place subsidies back on gas prices. This week, we were more than eager to continue on our program and travel to the indigenous town of Peguche, outside of the city of Otavalo. The week has warmed our hearts, minds, and spirits as we did homestays with… Read More
Written By Meredith & Tyler On Sunday we left Banos and travelled to the city of Tena in the Amazon. We arrived late in the afternoon and got settled into our beautiful new hostel, previously picked out by Ava and Joey.
The next day we met up with Stephanie from Amazon Learning and she taught us all about the Amazon and what they do as a company. Following her presentation,… Read More
Hello from the Highlands of Ecuador!
This past week we took an 8 hour bus ride from Tabuga to Baños in the mountain region of Ecuador. We had our first hot showers since arriving, as well as access to restaurants, nightlife, and as we are sure most of you know, the internet and telephones.
Baños is named after it’s thermal baths, natural hot springs that flow from the volcano at… Read More
Bienvenidos a nuestro blog de Finca Mono Verde! Welcome to our blog from Finca Mono Verde! This week we lived together in a bamboo castle surrounded by coffee crops, chickens and three adorable dogs. While we continued to practice our newly learned Ecuadorian slang, we learned about environmental conservation, effectively utilizing natural resources, permaculture, coffee production, local businesses, indigenous culture, and remembering to close the lid when using compost toilets.… Read More
Hola from Las Delicias, Ecuador!
We’ve had an amazing jam packed week down here in Ecuador! Leaving Quito, we took our first long haul bus toward the small town of Santo Domingo, watching Spanish-dubbed Hollywood movies played on the bus and ogling at all the snacks offered by the local vendors each time we stopped.
We ended our journey in the small town of Las Delicias where we met up… Read More
My time in Quito so far has been very interesting thus far. I love observing the architecture and the local’s behavior. I think we’ve all learned a lot everyday we’ve been here. This includes a lot about ourselves, the members of our group, and the city and culture here in Quito. My habits have really changed since we’ve been here. This includes what I do in the morning, what I’ve… Read More
After an overnight flight, our South America crew has arrived safe and sound in Quito! They are looking forward to settling in to their hostel, enjoy dinner and a good night sleep before diving into their orientation tomorrow. They are doing well, happy, enjoying getting to know one another, and excited to begin their journey in Ecuador.
In the coming days, they will being to post updates here too, so… Read More
The SAM group is all together for the first time! They’ve all arrived safely to Miami, checked in for their flight to Ecuador and are getting ready to head through security. They are enjoying getting to know one another and are looking forward to the semester ahead.
We wish them safe and easy travels tonight and will post another blog here once we receive word that they have arrived in… Read More
Bags are packed and ready to go…
We soon will be heading south to the land of beautiful mountains, fuzzy llamas and donkeys, and mouth watering foods. Together we hope to experience growth, transformation, and lots of laughs over the next few months. Enjoy your final days with friends and family before we embark on this epic adventure!
See you soon!… Read More
Greetings from our homes,
As we read this we may be sitting back sharing stories of our time hiking to Machu Picchu, sleeping in later then we have for the last three months, eating delicious food we haven’t had the chance to eat for the last semester, or maybe we are still in Peru enjoying one last soda y segundo! Whatever it may be, the adventure that the 14 of… Read More
by Sarah Ruehl
Three months is a very odd length of time. In the grand scheme of things, three months is a blink for mother Earth, Pachamama. Even for us mere humans, three months is 1/400th of our lives, considering we live 100 years. Yet, looking back on everything I did and learned with these thirteen strangers in the last three months, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been three… Read More
Coming to you live from Cuzco, Peru… It’s Liam Thrun! So first things first I just wanted to say thanks to Patrick for wishing me luck on this task. I will be blogging to you all about our Student Directed Travel! To kick it off, we traveled around 12 hours from Cuzco to Arequipa (thanks to Yola). During the ride, we watched Point Break for the 3rd time on our… Read More