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Central / South America - Teachers Guide

On this Teachers Guide page you will find:

1- Title of every update the Team has posted during this part of the Trek. NOTE: You can click on this for the Teachers' Tips - quick summaries of each of the dispatches that were posted in that update, along with activity suggestions.
2- A brief list of the key topics covered in the update.


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Guatemala - Peru
(March 7 - April 3)

Peru Stay
(April 7 - May 29)

Peru - Argentina
(June 5 - June 9)




Guatemala-Peru
(March 7 - 31)


March 10: Heading South and Witnessing Change
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Oscar Romero and elections in El Salvador
Student life and protest in Costa Rica
A Rehab Program for Wayward Costa Ricans
Making a Difference - Helping Guatemalan Street Children

2 Team Members leave Guatemala and visit El Salvador, while 3 continue in Costa Rica


March 13: Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica Up Close
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The geology of volcanoes
Hurricane Mitch
President Clinton and US aid to Nicaragua
Nicaragua - From Leon and Granada to the Sandinistas and Contras
Interviewing Oscar Arias

The Team finishes their travels through Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. On to Panama!


March 17: Panama - In the Center of it All
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The Panama Canal
Central American Food
Three Americans Murdered in Colombia
Crossing Borders

The Team is in Panama trying to navigate around the Darien Gap - there are no roads connecting Panama and Colombia - to get to Colombia.


March 20: Panama - Stuck Between Disaster and Paradise
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US-Panama Relations
Biodiversity in Panama
Panama's remote regions

The Team is still struggling to find a way to get to Colombia.


March 24, 1999: Of Pirates, Pleasures, and Panama (still...)
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William Walker - An American Seizes Nicaragua
Pirates and the Spanish Gold Route
A dance celebration in Panama

Yep, they're still in Panama...


March 27, 1999
Panama - Begging, Bribing and Island-Hopping to Get Out!

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Religions in Latin America
The Black Christ of Palenque
Bribing Our Way Out of Panama

In our quest to get to Colombia, we split up so two of us are taking canoes along the Pacific coast while three of us bribed our way onto a boat along the Atlantic coast.


March 31, 1999
Adventuring Around the World - The Inside Scoop

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Explorers- Magellan, Polo, Battuta
Guerilla War in Colombia
Making a Difference - The Death Penalty

Three of us are afloat somewhere in the Pacific, and two of us are afloat in the Caribbean. So we submitted some team dispatches beforehand.


April 3, 1999: Traveling to Peru: Peril and Paradise
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The Kuna Indians (Caribbean)
Military Police in Colombia
The Andes

Three Team Members are missing off the Pacific coast of Colombia, as two make it out of Panama and head quickly to Ecuador.



The Team in Peru
(April 7 - May 29)

Pre-Incan and Incan Civilization,
and Traditional Peruvian Life
- Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4

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The Conquest and Independence - Week 5
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Modern Challenges of Peru- Weeks 6 & 7
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Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Pre-Incan and Incan Civilization
(Updates April 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 1, 5 & 8)


April 7, 1999: The Team is in South America - Finally!

Pre-Inca Cultures
Remote Coastal Towns in Colombia
The Andes

The missing three Team Members show up after 11 days, while Abeja and Kevin explore pre-Incan sites in Peru!


April 10, 1999: Digging into the Mystery of Peruvian Culture
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Peru Overview
The Largest Precolombian Site in the Americas
Intro to Archeology
Pre-Inca Jewelry

Kevin and Abeja explore pre-Inca ruins and museums, while Shawn, Monica and Kavitha finally make it out of Columbia


April 14, 1999: South America - High Tech Trekkin' Through Ancient Terrain
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Pre-Incan Architecture
Indigenous Languages and Music
A Spanish Quiz
Life in a Small Town

Three Team Members file final dispatches from the road in Ecuador, while Kevian and Abeja continue their exploration of pre-Incan culture.



April 17, 1999: Peru - More Adventure and Scandal than Hollywood!
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A Pre-Inca War Memorial
The Navajo in the US
The Treaty of Tordesillas
Three Conquerers of the Americas
Colonial Architecture

The Team is finally all in Peru, reporting from the colonial town of Trujillo.


April 21, 1999: Peruvian Meals, Mysteries and Tombs!
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The Nazca Lines
International Oil Interests and the Envt.
Pre-Inca Ruins at Chavin and Otuzco
Peruvian Delicacies
Acute Mountain Sickness


April 24, 1999: Peru, Potato Chips and a Pot of Gold!
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Communal Economies of the Andes
The Envt. Impact of Cyanide Mining
Genetic Engineering, Biodiversity Conservation
Intro - The Inca Capital


April 28, 1999: Peruvian Pleasures for your Favorite Trekkers
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Ancient Huaraz Ruins
Ancient Traditions and Medical Practices
Government Development Programs
The Significance of Alpaca Wool on the Andes


May 1, 1999: Standing up for Peru (it holds your fate, too!)
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The destruction and importance of the rainforest
Political and social patterns in Inca society
The founding of the Inca Empire
Modern day protests over economics


May 5, 1999: Sail, Gallop and Run with Us through Peru!
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Rainforest conservation
Incan architecture and government
Daily Incan life
Quipu, an Inca rope device used to send messages


May 8, 1999: The World Trekkers Strike Back!
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The Shining Path Guerillas
Incan Architecture in Harmony with Nature
The Interacting and Blending of Different Cultures
Ethnic Indentity
The Homeless of the Amazon


Week 4 - The Conquest and Independence
(Updates May 12 & 15)


May 12, 1999: The World Trekkers on the Move
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The Effects of Small Pox on the Inca Empire
Hiking Machu-Picchu
The Conquest of the Inca
The Importance of Water to Agriculturally Subsistent Peoples


May 15, 1999: "Living La Vida Loca" in Peru
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Independence in the Americas
The Amazon Rainforest
Medicinal Plants in the Amazon
Saving the Redwoods in the US


Weeks 6 & 7 - Modern Challenges of Peru
(Updates May 19, 22, 26 & 29)


May 19, 1999: Making Money and Paying Homage in Peru
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The coca leaf, culture, and cash crop
Lake Titcaca
Tourism and culture


May 22, 1999: Rowing, Boarding, Partying and Loving Our Way Through Peru!
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Ecuador and Peru at War, and Peace
National Parks on the Peruvian Coast


May 26, 1999: Connecting with the Kids of Peru
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Kids in the Workforce
Cuzco Orphanage Helps Abandoned Children Survive
Campaign to Cancel Foreign Debt


May 29, 1999: Goodbye Peru, Hello Bolivia!: Poetry, Prisons and Plata
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Peruvian Poet Cesar Vallejo
Political Prisoners and Lori Berenson in Peru
The Largest Silver Mine in the World - Bolivia




Peru - Argentina
(Updates June 5 & 9)

June 5, 1999 -- Argentina: Looking Back at Latin America
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Che Guevara - Revolutionary
Looking Back at Latin America
Save a Napkin, Spare a Tree


June 9, 1999: Argentina -- Meeting the Movers and the Shakers of the World: Kids, Mothers, and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
The Team Meets Adolfo Perez, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Kids and Change
Evita Peron
The Difficult Politics of Paraguay



 



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