Trip Region: South America
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2485
Airfare Estimate: $1500
Nightlife: 7 • Activity: 6
Chile-in’ out, Maxin’, Relaxin’ All Cool
(To the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song)
Now, this is an Mtrek all about how
5 MBA 2’s show you how to get down.
We’d like to take a minute – Just keep reading on
We’ll tell you how much fun you’ll have (if you can rap to this song).
In west South America, country of Chile
Hot springs and Wineries is where we’ll spend most of our days
Chile-in’ out maxin’ and relaxin’ all cool
While taking shots, drinking wine outside the b-school
When 5 MBAs who were up to no good
Decided to make trouble outside our neighborhood
We had one conversation and took on a dare
We’re heading to a country with cool crisp air.
We made all the plans to make your choice clear, there’ll be a lot of fun so have no fear
If anything else, The “Ross Difference” is here.
All that’s left is for you to join in, come on down – see you there!
The rest of out the song will be completed with the Trekkers during the trip!
Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 18
Ready, set, go!
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 19
Hope you slept on the plane because the adventure starts right away! We’ll check into the hotel, head out for an orientation walk around Santiago in the afternoon, and get acquainted over an authentic Chilean meal. Welcome Meeting at hotel starts at 6pm local time. For those that still have energy after a full day of travel, a night cap to follow!
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 20
Time to leave Santiago already - don’t worry, we’ll be back. Today we head west, stopping first for a tour of an organic vineyard in the Casablanca Valley before moving on to the coastal, colorful city of Valparaiso, or as the cool kids call it, “Valpo.”
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 21
Today we’ll get a guided tour of beautiful Valparaiso, which includes Plaza Aníbal Pinto, Paseo Gervasoni, Reloj Turri, Paseo Yugoslavo, Calle Serrano and culminates at Muelle Prat (Prat Dock). Get your cameras ready! Courtney would love to get a "jump shot" pic of everyone here. Be sure to check out the amazing seafood and street art. This evening may be a good day to test out our wine skills.
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 22
Today we travel north to the desert! After a quick flight and drive, we arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, our home base in the Atacama Desert. This is one of the driest places on Earth and apparently looks like Mars! We’ll go for a stroll around town and take it easy that night because...
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 23
...today begins prettyyyy early. You can sleep on the ride up to El Tatio Geyser Field - and when we say up, we literally mean UP. The geysers are at over 14,000 feet above sea level. Nicole will spend approximately 3 hours getting the perfect Instagram pic, and then we’ll have the afternoon free for optional activities such as a visit to the hot springs or a hike.
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 24
After another night in San Pedro, we head south to check out the historic town of Toconao, the Atacama Salt Flats, and the Chaxa Lagoon, where we’ll see not one, not two, but THREE kinds of flamingos. Then we’ll get a tour of Moon Valley and watch the sunset. Jonathan used to want to be an astronaut, so this is the closest he will ever get to the moon. Screen reader support enabled.
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 25
Time to fly back down to Santiago! We’ll have some free time to explore and shop (this is probably when Kevin will go off in search of the local Nike store).
Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 26
We’ve only been to one vineyard so far on this trip, which doesn’t seem like nearly enough, right? Here we will challenge Becca to put her wine skills to the test! After a free morning, we’ll venture out to Concha Y Toro, one of Chile’s most famous vineyards, in the Maipo Canyon. Back in Santiago, we’ll have one last group dinner and night out (*tear*).
Departure Day — Monday, Aug 27
Goodbye, Chile! Time to go home to Ann Arbor, because classes (and more importantly, football) start soon! Be on the lookout for our first MTrek reunion shortly after classes start.
Courtney “Texas Bama” Dunn
Courtney is just a simple Texan trying to explore the world and have fun doing it. If you speak to her long enough you can hear her country accent come out. Before Ross she worked on oil rigs, so she also curses like Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. But don’t worry, she can turn it off, because she’s also the co-president of Michigan Business Women (MBW).
Courtney will be spending the summer in NYC as an investment banker so she’s ready to “par-tay” hard (and sleep harder). If there’s a day she’s not dancing and/or drinking, she’s probably having a really (insert curse word adjective) bad day. By the way, Courtney’s Spanish is “mucho terible”, but she’s managed to vacation in Costa Rica and Colombia in 2018 just fine.
Kevin “Fobes” Fobi
They say introverts look at their shoes and extroverts look at yours. You’ll probably find this self-proclaimed “not sneakerhead” doing both. If there is a sneaker store in Chile we’ll likely have to make a stop. But it doesn’t just stop at the shoes, because of his corporate retail background, this guy knows way too much about women’s clothing than he’d like, so he’ll be sure to compliment you on your outfit.
Hailing from the Bronx, Kevin somehow managed to not pick up any Spanish or Latin Dance moves, so don’t look to him to translate (don’t worry, we have a guide!) and don’t trust his Salsa 101 skills (although he’s got side to side down pat). For any first timers in South America, he’ll be joining you on that journey and is ready for an exciting adventure.
This summer Kevin will be taking his eyes off the ground and putting his head in the Cloud in Seattle, to experience his first summer outside of New York.
Jonathan “JD” Dunn AKA The Prez
Is it already time to plan our MTrek? Oh well, here it goes! Jonathan hails from the great city of Houston, Texas. This summer he will be interning with Wells Fargo in NYC as an investment banker. If you are looking to talk sports, talk finance, drink whiskey, nerd out over something engineering related or just hang out, he is your guy. His simple ambition is to live a life as the most interesting man in the world. This is his 4th trip to South America since starting at Ross and he has managed to not learn more Spanish. How is that even possible? He had a great experience on his MTrek to Brazil in 2017 and wants to make your MTrek just as memorable.
“When he drives a car off the lot, its price increases in value.”
Nicole “G-Maps” Litvak
A proud Bostonian, Nicole loves stereotypical New England things like Tom Brady, lobster, and L.L. Bean boots. Need a workout buddy at 6 am? Nicole’s your girl. She also realizes that no one is ever going to take her up on the offer. Nicole previously worked in the solar industry, plans to go back into cleantech, and is thus often mistaken for an Erber (dual degree with the school of sustainability), but don’t worry, she actually hates the environment. In her free time, she enjoys destroying the hopes and dreams of entrepreneurs as Co-Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund, one of the student-led venture funds at Ross. Nicole lives and dies by Yelp and Google Maps, so rest assured, we’ll eat well and never be lost in Chile.
Becca “B-Dog” Toth
During her consulting days, she was dubbed “Bird Dog”/“B-Dog” by the client due to her get sh** done nature. It parlays into all facets of her life especially when having a good time and ensuring others do as well. This California Bay Area native (with a hint of New York) has snowboarded the alps, swam with whale sharks, meandered through Southeast Asia, snorkeled the frigid water between the North American and Eurasian continents, and crossed the Korean DMZ… for a minute. However, she firmly believes that life is meaningless without good wine and good company, so joining the Chile trek was a no brainer. Her recent spring break in Colombia sparked a love for South America and a desire to learn Spanish, but will start with the basics – singing along to Reggaeton hits. This summer Becca will be in SF searching for mythical unicorn acquisition targets for tech giants.