Max is not just our van driver – he’s a knowledgeable environmentalist, an organic gardener, a seasoned ecotourism guide, and he’s also our friend. Although the group of students changes each year, Max welcomes us as if we were old friends, even those of us getting to know him for the first time. On every step of our journey in Pucon, Max has been there to provide guidance, support and insight into life, ecosystems and culture in this corner of Chile. One piece of Max wisdom is that you can achieve great things through love, caring and respect, and that learning to value one’s environment starts with respecting the people immediately around you. Our dinner as a group was a celebration of the ongoing friendship that has become a valuable part of our students’ Chile experience year after year. Salud!
Next up: Volcano Climb