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Global Learning: Rainforest Ecology And Spanish in Peru
Posted 06/18/2015 02:01PM

A group of Upper School students and teachers is in Peru this week, learning about rainforest research and conservation efforts, meeting village elders, and then traveling to the Andes to visit an Incan capital.

The trip began in Puerto Maldonado near the Tambopata River. From there, the students took a four-hour boat ride to the Los Amigos Research Station in the Amazon basin where they learned about tropical ecology and conservation. Scientists here are involved in ongoing research on monkeys, and the students learned about efforts to track and observe primates.

Then the students headed by boat to Boca Inambari to visit Antonio Fernandini, who has established an ongoing relationship with the indigenous community to support the elders and help them cope with the loss of much of the youth due to migratory labor and emigration.

The students learned how to make traditional arrows and start a fire from scratch. (See photo above.) They spent time in the local school as well, learning about education in the community. A theme has been the impact of mining, which is being developed directly across the river and has disrupted the traditional ways of the village.

From here, the group will be going to Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage site high in the Andes that was once the capital of the Incan empire.

The trip is being coordinated by Where There Be Dragons. You can follow the Riverdale group here.

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