Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of former U.S. President Barack Obama, went on a secret three-month trip through South America last fall, where even her guides were left unaware of her identity. After deferring her acceptance to Harvard for a year, Malia embarked on the trip through the Colorado-based Where There Be Dragons organization in order to “examine current political trends, social movements and environmental conservation efforts” in Peru and Bolivia. Pictures of the trip emerged on Thursday, showing Malia alongside others in her group while in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real mountain region.
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Eduardo Mamani, one of Malia’s mountain guides during the trip, described Malia as “helpful and friendly,” noting that “she had no problems speaking Spanish.” Mamani added that he had no idea of Malia’s identity at the time, although he had noticed additional security during the mountain excursion.
“There was a blond girl and we assumed she was the important one,” said Mamani.
Malia’s next excursion, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be an internship with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein beginning in February. The first daughter appears to have a keen interest in the silver screen — in 2015, she interned on Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls, as well as spending time on set of Halle Berry’s CBS drama, Extant.