Sophie Samuels,Peru: Sacred Mountains 6-week, Summer 2010
Hi, I also have a packing question: Can we bring running shoes to use for hiking or should we take hiking boots? Also, for my ISP I’m interested in Mayan traditions vs modern day culture, and the environment -Sophie
Hi everyone, my name is William Prescott Mason, but I typically go by Wil. I have spelled my name with one L since I can remember, I don't know why. I live in Newton, MA a suburb of Boston.
IgraduatedHigh School a few days ago, but instead of going to college next year, I will be doing something called a PG year. I will go to a boarding school for one year, which happens to be all boys and has a dress code of khaki-tie-blazer everyday. I am doing this in hopes of playing college lacrosse at a better school than I could have right out of High School. I think the contrast in lifestyles from peru to boarding school should be interesting.
Lacrosse is my favorite sport and I be playing in my final summertournamentthe day before I depart for Miami.
I chose dragons mainly on recommendation from my sister who is an alum. I hate not being clean, so this will be a giant struggle for me.
William Prescott Mason,Peru: Sacred Mountains 6-week, Summer 2010
Hi everyone, my name is William Prescott Mason, but I typically go by Wil. I have spelled my name with one L since I can remember, I don’t know why. I live in Newton, MA a suburb of Boston. IgraduatedHigh School a few days ago, but instead of going to college next year, I will […]
To answer your question Xi we plan to have around 13 days of trekking. This does not include the 4 day river trip. Remember that this internerary is not set in stone, however, right now the plan is to trek for around 13 days.
I look forward to meeting you all in a couple of weeks!
Hey everyone, To answer your question Xi we plan to have around 13 days of trekking. This does not include the 4 day river trip. Remember that this internerary is not set in stone, however, right now the plan is to trek for around 13 days. I look forward to meeting you all in a […]
Hello to you all!! We have still some few days to start this amazing trip in Peru, i am very excited to have the opportunity to share so many different places and cultures with this very interesting group of young people.
In order to prepare myself physically and spiritually I decided to go to the biggestreligious festivity in the andean world:QOLLURITY (star of snow) pilgrimage in the Ausangate Glaciar. This pilgrimage takes place every year since the inca times. Nowadays this religious festivity is a sincretism between the inca traditions and the Catholic Church. This happened because this pilgrimage has been so important in the andean world thta the Catholic church couldn`t aliminate it sothey converted the festivity into a Catholic one. For example they built a church on top of a Huaka (inca temple). So now we have a very unique and rich festivity with a blend between the andean and western worlds.
After a hard walk up to more than 4800 meters to the base of the glaciar were the festivity takes place, I stayed there for a full day mainly to thank for all what i have been given and also to ask for the blessing for this new experience with Dragons that we will be taking part. In the andean cosmovision it is very important to make offerings to the PACHAMAMA (Mother earth) in order to thank for all the good things we receive as health, prosperity and so on.
The importance of this pilgrimage is that we will be visiting this area, as for example the Qeros native community and in the Ausangate treking.
I hope you will like the pictures andthat this post will serve you to have a little glance of the wonderful places and cultures we will be visiting soon.
Francisco Seminario,Peru: Sacred Mountains 6-week, Summer 2010
Hello to you all!! We have still some few days to start this amazing trip in Peru, i am very excited to have the opportunity to share so many different places and cultures with this very interesting group of young people. In order to prepare myself physically and spiritually I decided to go to the […]
We will be staying with two different families. The gifts don't need to be elaborate, we just want to present simple gifts as a gesture of our gratitude.
Some ideas: candles (good for the families that we'll be staying with who don't have electricity), pictures or postcards of your hometown/family, tea, chocolate... (obviously some of these things can be bought locally which is another option). A girl on last semester's course brought dish rags with "Idaho" embroidered on them. Really anything they can remember you by or find useful will work great.
bubbles, school supplies (like a notebook and pencil or crayons) are great for children.
Let me know if you need more ideas/have any other questions!
Great question regarding host family gifts. We will be staying with two different families. The gifts don’t need to be elaborate, we just want to present simple gifts as a gesture of our gratitude. Some ideas: candles (good for the families that we’ll be staying with who don’t have electricity), pictures or postcards of your […]
For the last couple of months, ever since the four of us (Francisco, Mackenzie, Tara and Sarah) learned that we would be spending our summer in Peru, we have been dreaming aboutwherewe want to go and whatexperienceswe want to share with all of you. After weeks of brainstorming, emailing, and phone calls down to Peru, we are excited!
Although we are still in the process of arranging some details, we wanted to share this, our working itinerary, with all of you. Read it over andlet us know what you think!
June 28 - July 1 : Orientation and First Days
On June 28th, our group will come together for the first time inMiami. Tara, Mackenzie, and Sarah will be at the airport to welcome you and arrange a get-to-know you game or three. After our first group dinner, we'll check-in for our late-night flight to Lima.
After a short five hours we land inLima, still groggy from the lack of sleep. Francisco will be waiting to greet us at the airport. After passing throughMigracionesand collecting all of our backpacks and tent bags,we'll head in to the center of town for our firstdesayunoPeruano:cafe,pan con mantequilla y marmelada, and, hopefully, atamalor two.After breakfast, we will take a bus into the mountains northeast of Lima to the town ofHuaraz. Our first couple of days will be dedicated to orientation activities, including workshops on cultural norms, health and safety, and group dynamics. And of course we'll have plenty of time to get to have FUN together! We will also have a chance to start exploring our focus of inquiry on the connection between resource extraction, in this case mining, and "development."
July 2 - 5 : Cordillera Blanca Trek
After wrapping up our orientation, we will set off on our first trek in the Cordillera Blanca! With 16 peaks over 6,000 meters above sea level, the Cordillera Blanca (or "White Range") is the highest mountain range in Peru. We've decided to kick off our course in this part of Peru because these mountains are truly spectacular. We're still in the process of selecting a route, but we plan to spend about three days and two nights in the mountains. From the Cordillera Blanca, we will return to Lima for our flight to Cusco.
July 6 - 10 : Parque de la Papa
After arriving in Cusco, we will travel to the Sacred Valley town of Pisac, from where we'll head to the mountains for our first home stay in the Parque de la Papa. The Potato Park is a collaborative initiative of six qeswa communities that seeks to protect and preserve indigenous cultural heritage. You can learn more about it by visiting their website:http://www.parquedelapapa.com/.Our days in the Parque de la Papa will be spent sharing in family life in one of the traditional agricultural communities. We'll do what our families do-- whether harvesting potatoes, herding sheep, or spending hours hunched over a fire preparing meals. Most of your families will speak little Spanish, so we will also have the opportunity to learn a bit of Quechua.
June 11 - 14: Andes-to-Amazon Trek
From the Potato Park, we will set off by foot for the Amazon. For the first two days of the trek we will be in the mountains, eventually arriving in the town of Paucartambo, and from there we will continue into cloud forest. On the way down we will spend a night at Tres Cruces, in order to see the magnificent sunrise. From there we will drop deeper and deeper into the Amazon forest, arriving at our destination of Pilcopata at the end of the fourth day.
June 15 - 23 : Amazon Adventure
From Pilcopata we'll walk into the Huachipaeri community ofHuacaria. In Huacaria we'll meet Don Alberto, community leader and expert in medicinal plants, who will guide us in an exploration of Huachipaeri spirituality and traditional medicine. From Huacaria we will return to Pilcopata to continue on to Atalaya, from where we'll set off on a four-day river trip down the Manu and Madre de Dios Rivers to the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado. For those four days, we will camp along the river in areas that are rarely seen by foreigners. We'll go on walks through the forest in order to see local flora and fauna, and hopefully to find a waterfall or two to swim in!By the end of our six days in the jungle, you will all be able to recognize the most common medicinal plants and fruit trees found in the jungle surrounding the town. The Amazon will also be an interesting place for us to consider the meaning of development as we learn about the tensions between local Amazonian communities and national ambitions.
We will end our time in the Amazon with a service project in Puerto Maldonado with ANIA, the Association for Childhood and the Environment (http://www.mundodeania.org/). We will likely work alongside the children of ANIA and their parents to construct a new community garden.
June 24 - August 4 : Nacion Q'eros and Ausangate
From Puerto Maldonado, we will travel up the Carretera Interoceanica to Ocongate, where we will spend a day acclimatizing and stocking up for our expedition into Nacion Q'eros and Ausangate. The following day, we will set off into Q'eros, first by truck and then by foot.The Q'eros are a Quechua-speaking people who live in the high Andes of southern Peru. They are known as mystics and healers who are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle as external pressures grow rapidly. The area is full of music, ceremony, beautiful landscapes, and very harsh living conditions. We will do our second home stay in the Q'eros community of Quico Chico.
From Q'eros, we will cross the highway to the town of Upis, starting point for the circumnavigation of Apu Ausangate, one of Peru's most sacred mountains. It is truly an inspiring mountain! Over six days, we will walk all the way around the base of Ausangate, past lakes of incredible colors (blue, green, milky white). This trek will challenge us physically and mentally, and it will be an opportunity for all of you to work together to show us what you've learned over the previous weeks of the course!
August 5 - 8 : Machu Picchu and Cusco
Finally, we end our journey in the ancient citadel ofMachu Picchu. Even though the Incans called Cusco the "navel of the world," the umbilical life-giver, Machu Picchu easily ranks as the most awe-inspiring. We'll camp at the base of the mountain next to theRio Urubambaand hike up the misty cloud-forest to the ruins. As dawn breaks over the mountains, we'll explore its serpentine pathways and have the opportunity to climb a thousand feet above the ruins to gaze down and ponder its mystery. This will also be a time of reflection as we meditate on what we've learned throughout our journey together, and what we'll bring back home from our travels.
We'll spend our last day in Cusco celebrating, buying last-minute gifts, and enjoying one last delicious Peruvian meal together before catching a flight back to Lima and Miami on August 8th.
And that's it! Six weeks goes by surprisingly fast-- so we'll make the most of every minute. Please let us know what you think of the itinerary!&nbs
Hello Peru Sacred Mountains Students and Parents! For the last couple of months, ever since the four of us (Francisco, Mackenzie, Tara and Sarah) learned that we would be spending our summer in Peru, we have been dreaming aboutwherewe want to go and whatexperienceswe want to share with all of you. After weeks of brainstorming, […]