The camp is 5 hours from Santiago . It is in a pristine natural setting next to the crystalline blue Achibueno river. The Achibueno is a gentle river with plenty of pools and ripples (not big rapids). We take the kids on the bus at about 8:00 am the first day and deliver them back to the same meeting place at about 5:00pm (We will not use the train this year, time and place for pick up and drop off to be announced for 2016 camps) the last day. The camp is a relaxed atmosphere. We have a pancake breakfast outside around the fire every morning then usually a hike or horseback ride before it gets hot. After lunch we either go swimming or inner tubing in the river an/or swimming lessons for the beginners. There are always crafts and games indoors but we try to keep the group together most of the day. In the afternoon we have some kind of team games, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball etc. After dinner we have some kind of crazy night game where they scream and run off their last bit of energy so they can drop into bed by around ten. The food is great. We have Mexican night, (fajitas with everything) Italian night, (spaghetti or a yummy lasagna) USA night (hamburgers) Spanish night (paella) asado night. We grow as many of the veggies as possible in our organic gardens. We take them on hikes up to beautiful waterfalls. It’s not a typical American summer camp because we believe in less structure so they can just play and be kids. We have bead looms, paints, puzzles, scissors, paper, hammers, nails, tools. We play cards and chess, go fishing. We had a boy that never got to spend enough time with his working dad and we even took him rabbit hunting! (He came eight years to camp and truly became a man there) They can cook, bake bread, cookies etc. I’ve always described it more like the perfect “Grandmas farmhouse”. I watch them like a hawk and set the rules very clearly the first day. They are supervised at all times by adults. We have run the camp for nearly 20 years and have had a wonderful experience watching the kids grow and enjoy the wilderness. There is always education but it’s not “in their face”. I speak English as much as possible. There is a ratio of 1 adult to 4-5 kids. Our philosophy that happy children are healthy children has been proven year after year…

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