The Three A’s

In 1996 during a hike in Bolivia’s Cordillera Apolobamba, I spent a full day in an abandoned miner’s hut riding out the mother of all storms. During this enforced break, I came up with the “Three A’s” of travelling and hiking in developing countries:

  • Accept the people and their culture on their terms, not yours.
  • Adapt accordingly.
  • Appreciate and embrace the differences and similarities alike.

If all else fails, a big smile and the ability to laugh at yourself go a long way.


Kalawaya Village | Cordillera Apolobamba, Bolivia, 1996