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Hayley Ward

I am a highly experience-based learner and life liver! As a kid, I was always playing outside and getting my hands dirty. In college, I studied Spanish and Outdoor Adventure Leadership, a degree that was based on experiential education and gave me the opportunity to spend more time in nature than in a classroom.

These principals I try to live in my daily life, whether in Oregon or Peru or traveling to new places, I like to get my hands dirty, get involved, talk to people, look for the weird, have out of the “normal” adventures and always enjoy myself in every step of the continual process, if not, what for?

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Peru, specifically the Cusco Region and Southern Peru - Customized tours & expeditions: trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, and jungle adventures.

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first travel experience was to Mexico in High School on a trip that I was in charge of planning through my Spanish class. On that trip, I fell in love with the Spanish language and have taken choices in my life to give myself the opportunity to become fluent in another language and be able to live in other countries, comprehend other cultures and establish relationships with people from all over.

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In many of the countries that I have visited, I have climbed mountains. For me it is a way to connect with people from the area who have similar interests as me and to connect with the natural environment of the place. Most recently, while traveling in Morocco with my husband, we climbed Mt. Toubkal. It was not the most technical or challenging mountain that I have done, but it was one of the most memorable. Not only was it the first summit we had together, there was a storm and dust from the Sahara had blown all the way up North and the air had this eerie and beautiful orange tint that accompanied us for the whole climb. It was a surreal dreamy experience. "

Hayley is part of the following groups: Peru Travel Agents
Cusco Plaza de Armas
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