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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Update from the Amazon!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and family, We have been receiving daily updates from the instructors, who report that the group is enjoying their adventure in the Amazon.  The Fauna Forever team has been keeping the group busy throughout the day, and Boca Pariamanu......Read More

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AMAZON!

Brian, Instructor

Hello friends and family, As I write this update, I am swallowing, stretching and twisting my jaw, and sweating. Can you guess why? I am fresh (or actually more like the opposite of fresh…it was a long night. Tired and smelly?) off of an......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Bridging a Gap

Ned Flanagan, Participant

Yak of the Week

While lying on the straw floor with my head resting against the mud-brick wall of my family´s one room hut, I struggled to come to terms with how I could ever connect with the six worn, wind-bitten faces that stood in front of me.  My host......Read More

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Mountain Bike ISP

Hugh Brown, Participant

To wrap up my ISP I wrote a paper on Mountain Biking in Peru.  This includes trail reports, the current riding situation, what it needs to do to become a mtb mecca, and what I think the future will hold. Here is the link if you want to take a look!......Read More

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The Road Less Traveled

Jackson Gould, Participant

Hello all, As we are getting ready to depart from Urubamba I thought I’d share a cool story from our time here. Earlier this week, Hugh, Gabe and I took a trip to the local salt mines at Maras. After a frustratingly expensive and needlessly......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Condors

Louis Poirot, Participant

As the condor prepares to take flight, it spreads its wings wide… As I write this yak on our final day before our Expedition Phase, I can’t help but think back on our trip as a whole and how far we’ve come. After exploring Bolivia......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Streetfood

Wes Fagan, Participant

As our groups time is coming to an end in Urubamba, I can look back and enjoy memories of Spanish class, group meetings on the rooftop, getting to know my homestay family more and more everyday, and countless things – But more importantly,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Happy 18Th Birthday to Ella !!!!!!

Lorne Silverstein, Participant

I wanted to wish my daughter Ella the happiest of birthday days this 19th of November. She’s my No.1 and I wanted to reach out to wish my girl the sweetest and most joyful year ahead. Missing you very much, loving you and happy that you can......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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The Game

Ella Silverstein, Participant

I’m really not a soccer fan. I never have been nor will I ever be. I think that it’s an incredibly boring game to watch but this yak isn’t to rail on soccer, it’s to do the opposite. A few days ago Peru made the World Cup for the first time......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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A history lesson with a great outcome

Franca Beckmann, Participant

Due to my absence on the trip to nation q`eros I got the opportunity to profound my knowledge about peruvian politics, which is inevitably connected to incan history as well as peruvian economics. During a talk with a history teacher from the school......Read More

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Pictures from Q’eros

Liza Scher, Participant

Photos from Nación Q’eros!! The shot of Siwar and the little girl was taken by Rebecca, a seven year old girl who learned how to use a camera less than five minutes prior to taking that shot. Magical, if you ask me....Read More

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Nation Q’eros

Hugh Brown, Participant

Yak of the Week

I was a little unsure at first why we had chosen to go to Nation Q’eros.  Why would we go there when we could do a week long trek through Ausangate, Salkantay and Lares? After doing some research though, I understood how much more it has to offer.  Q’eros is one of a kind; not contacted since the 60s, they are the last of the Inca.  Their farming techniques, traditions and way of life is one of the only places left uncolonized.  My group and I had the opportunity to step into a time machine, and in doing so learn… Read More