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Qeros

Brooke Anderson, Participant

My host grandpa in Qreros is so well-buried in blankets that when I walk ito the kitchen I don’t even know he’s there. As I help peel potatoes, my host dad explains that the frozen tierra made his father sick. The family asks me for......Read More

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Final Thoughts From Our Group

Student Group, Participant

Yak of the Week

From our students, to those who they love dearly: some thoughts on departing from our space here in Bolivia and re-integrating into an environment that may now seem foreign. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In South America, I… In South......Read More

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Group back from the Amazon!

Parker, Instructor

This is just a short note to let you know that the group has returned from the Amazon.  We are in the final two days of student expedition, which they have elected to spend in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley.  We will be hearing from some local......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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7 Beautiful Things

Sophia, Participant

Pre Incan cave paintings. On the last day of our ToroToro trek closer to the end Don Mario showed use a wall of the paintings. Befor this I thought art from the reneasance was the most beautiful art in the world. My Tikipaya homestay mother Rosa.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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To Enter or Not

Devan, Participant

What directly preceded our entrance sparks an interesting conversation in itself. We saw the event taking place inside a building and of course I wanted to go in and see what it was about, but two of us four insisted we shouldn´t out of respect.......Read More

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On the Amazon Homestay

olivia klugman, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yonathan is laughing with his mom, Berta, on plank board they use as a bed. She is braiding seeds into a string as jewelry to sell to the growing tourism project in the Amazonian pueblo of 120 people; Huacaria. The kids, 3 & 5 years old, make......Read More

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How Do I React To Andean Ceremonies?

Joe LaRocca, Participant

On many occasions during our trip, we’ve helped perform a ceremony that is known in Andean cosmovision as a coa. A coa is an offering to the Pachamama, or Mother Earth, made up of coca leaves, seeds, and many other decorations, each one......Read More

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Potatoes

Eliza Cochran, Participant

As a kid eating dinner, my close friends and family always guilted me into (trying to make me) eat all of the food on my plate. They talk about kids that do not have food to eat, and how lucky you are to have that extra food on your plate. But, it......Read More

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Huacaria & Peruvian Amazon

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Dear friends and family, A quick update from the community of Huacaria, in the Manu area of Southern Peru! A few days ago, we had our most rigorous travel day: 2 hours walking out of Nacion Q´eros, finishing at around 15,000 feet in elevation. We......Read More

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Update from Q’eros!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Our friend and guide Siwar Qente   Dear friends and family, We have been receiving regular updates from the instructors via Satellite communication, and the Q’eros expedition is wrapping up well!  The students have been hiking between 2......Read More

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Trip So Far

Tone, Participant

The last 3 weeks have been pretty crazy. We have been travelling a ton and doing so much. To summarize, we went from our homestays to Sucre to Potosi to El Alto, where we said goodbye to one of our instructors, Ana, to the Cordillera, where we......Read More