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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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Hello!

Franca Beckmann, Dragons Admin

A post from Franca written before the trek: After having grown together for one week, having learned about each others pet peeves, worked out in how far we work best together as a group and defined our ambitions and hopes for the program we finally......Read More

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Update from the trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and families, We have been in touch with the instructor team over these past days, and the group is enjoying their trek in the stunning Cordillera Real mountain range.  Yesterday they arrived to Laguna Chilata, an alpine lake that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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When eggs hatch…

Louis Poirot, Participant

Happy first day of spring from Bolivia! As the days go by and the daunting, yet exciting “trek” looms ahead, we quickly scurry around camp to prepare for the departure. In these moments of forgetfulness and fear, we are often overwhelmed......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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WE OUT HERE

Jackson, Participant

Hola parents, family members and friends Today was an amazing day, as we got our first taste of Andean hiking (see Zoe’s post). At the end of our hike, we were rewarded with an amazing experience in a massive water-filled cave. The entrance to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Trek!

Brian Reilly, Instructor

Hola friends and family! As of yesterday morning, orientation has come to a close and the next phase of our course has begun. We spent all yesterday planning, purchasing, packing, and in many other ways preparing for our first trek! For the next......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Oasis

Ella Silverstein, Participant

Pájaros verdes Montañas y árboles Muchas piedras Buena comida Y muy buenas personas Tambien helado Mariposas y perros Es muy perfecto aqui La pura vida...Read More

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Hello from Zoe!

Zoe, Dragons Admin

Hello family, friends, and other Yak followers! Happy New Year to the Jews and happy day to everyone else! We hope everything is going well back home and miss you all so much! This is Zoe checking in from one of the most beautiful places I’ve......Read More

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Bolivia: The Hugh Brown Update

Hugh Brown, Participant

Hello Yak Board! Right now we are staying in an oasis property just outside of Sorata. Everywhere you look it feels like art. There are beautiful gardens filled with flowers I don’t recognize and a swimming pool made from rocks from the water......Read More

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Altai Oasis

Wes, Participant

Hola Family and Friends! It’s Wes checking in from Bolivia! Following our short flight from Santa Cruz to La Paz, we finally got to meet our instructors, Itzá and Raquel. Awaiting the third instructor, Jackson, we all played ninja in the......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Updated itinerary!

Brian, Raquel and Itza, Instructor

Dear friends and family, Hello! Things are off to a great start here in Sorata, and it has been fun to see the group come together these past few days.  Today we took a day hike near Sorata to take in the scenery and and start to prepare for our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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In Bolivia!

Liza, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hola! This is Liza speaking, kicking off the yak board from South America! Parents, you can all breathe a sigh of relief. We’re all here, alive, in one piece, and incredibly happy to be here. After flying and hanging out in airports for over 24......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Sorata

Ned Flanagan, Participant

The brief 45 minute flight from Santa Cruz to La Paz felt as if the plane was using every bit of its horsepower to climb through the thin mountain air. After three plane rides and more than 10 hours of air travel, we finally touched down in La Paz,......Read More

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Together in La Paz!

The Instructors, Instructor

Hola friends and family! Students have arrived at the El Alto airport in La Paz!  After some welcome activities we are taking a 5-hour bus ride to the beautiful mountain town of Sorata for our orientation. More soon, we are excited for the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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At the Departure Gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

The Andes & Amazon – Group C has made it through security at MIA and is currently at the departure gate getting ready to board their flight!  Flight to Santa Cruz is on time. Safe travels everyone! Parents & Families, please check......Read More