King’s students hit Amazon jungle
YOUNG adventurers from King’s School enjoyed the trip of a lifetime on a visit to the Amazon jungle.
The party of 20 students said it was like travelling to a land that time forgot when they visited the aweinspiring rainforest.
The students set off on the trip with four accompanying King’s School staff and flew to the Bolivian capital La Paz, which they said was itself a breathtaking sight as one of the highest capital cities in the world, offering a sprawling cityscape cupped into a bowl among the mountains.
After two days acclimatising, shopping and res- taurant hopping, the King’s Global Challenge team then split into two cohorts to take their grand tour of the Andes, the giant salt flats, the teeming jungle and the colourful river basin.
It was a month that none of the students said they will ever forget.
At the heart of their trip was a community project helping a tiny school in the Bolivian outback build a new toilet block and get a facelift.
The King’s Sixth Formers also helped to teach the local youngsters some basic English.
In exchange, they learned about the life of a child in the developing world. Also memorable for the adventurous crew were the treks through one of the most geograph- ically diverse landscapes on the planet.
They had to use every drop of energy to climb the 5,300-metre Pico Austria in the Andean foothills, before witnessing the salt flats left white and glistening in the bright light, the remains of a prehistoric inland lake that ultimately evaporated in the South American sun.
The salt flats were framed by a smoking volcano and hot springs.
Their stay even included a night in a hotel made from salt, again showcasing why Bolivia was such a fascinating country to explore and offered such a diverse trip.
Even given those sights, a highlight for the pupils was the great brown river and the chance to swim with pink river dolphins, see monkeys, go anaconda hunting and play a game of ‘spot caymans’ eyes’.
Co-leader of the party, Sarah Graham, said the Amazon lived up to every billing, every tour company advert and more.
She said: “We could not have picked a more exciting, more eye opening, more jaw dropping country to explore and none of us will ever forget the amazing sights and the friendships we have forged.”
‘None of us will ever forget it’
●● Leader Deb Laugharne, Zoe Suarez, Ella Kennerley, Mrs Yupanki (wife of the Bolivian agent) Zoe Richmond, Hannah Quinlan and Emma Jarvis