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Six hours in Cusco

Luis-Luca de Haas, Sloan Burch, Carolyn Cheng, Participant

Six hours in Cusco: We embarked today on a six hour scavenger hunt/explore/final adventure in Cusco around noon. Here are our impressions: What most stuck out to Luis was the difference between tourist and non-tourist areas. We noticed some......Read More

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Amazon adventures!

The instructors, Instructor

We are currently in Cusco after one week of learning and exploring in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. During our time there, we stayed all together on a platform in the jungle. We learned from Fauna Forever, an environmental organization working in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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My First Trek

Sidney Wright, Participant

Have you ever been in the backcountry, without the urge to use the bathroom for a week? I have and let me explain how it all began. It all started when we prepared for our first major trek up into the glaciares of Ausangante. The altitude sickness......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Getting Lost

David Ball, Participant

While it may seem that getting lost in a foreign city is the last thing you want to do, I actually enjoyed it. After walking around the Plaza de Armas alone for 15 minutes, I decided to return to the hostel. I started up the hill where I thought my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Slashed and Burned

Elisabeth Middleton, Participant

Sitting in an empty field Feeling the ashes beneath my fingertips Acknowledging the absence of life Understanding the flourish that is to come The buzzing around my ears makes me tick. I can feel the hot humid heat entering my lungs, enveloping my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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The Short Story of My Stuff

Sarah Judd, Participant

After watching the story of stuff, my first reaction was to think of the HUGE packing list for this trip. I started to think about how many things I had bought specifically just to take with me to South America, with the full intention of never......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Urpillay Sonqollay

Gabriel Nass, Participant

I would not consider myself to be very spiritual, religious, other-worldly, or whatever you would like to call it. The trek from which we just returned, however, definitely showed me the immensely transformative capabilities of strong belief systems......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Pachamama Party

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

On the 27th all of us were standing on the back of a truck bed, holding the wooden slat walls for support as we lurched down the street, waving and calling !Hola! and Allianchu! as we passed onlookers, who stared up at us, our truckload of giddy......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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On our way to the Amazon rainforest!

The instructors, Instructor

Hello dear friends and families, For the last two days, we have been preparing for yet another great learning opportunity. After finishing our trek on the sacred Apu Ausangate mountain, we have been getting ready to start our visit to BOCA, a rural......Read More

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Update from the trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and families, The group is currently wrapping up their final day of trekking around the base of Mt. Ausangate.  We have been in regular contact with the instructors, and it sounds like the group has had a challenging and rewarding......Read More

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Photos from Paru Paru, Parque de la Papa

Kevin Woods and Luis-Luca de la Haas, Participant

We had no idea what to expect in Paru Paru. Having just met our group mates 4 days before, meeting another new family was a daunting task. What came in the next 5 days were connections that will last a lifetime. After eating dinner with Ilda and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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We will finally start moving our bodies!

The instructors, Instructor

Hello dear families and friends, We are getting ready today for our first trek in the magnificent Andes. The mountain that will receive us for the next five days is called Ausangate. We will have five hiking days and four nights sleeping at the foot......Read More