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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Strangely similar

Kendall, Participant

You wake up early, throw all of your stuff in a bag, and drive to the venue. You eat breakfast, then rig your boat. You go out to the race course and wait for the start, prepping. You race race after race after race, eat a soggy lunch in your rocky......Read More

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Group “Cappuccino” hits the Cordierra...

Brooke Anderson, Participant

It’s day 6 of the Illampu Circuit and BOY has the hiker hunger kicked in. We just devoured our second batch of no bake cookies and we’re still ravenous. I think as a group we’ve been handling our collective hanger remarkably well,......Read More

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Coping with Beauty in the Cordillera Real

Pat Macdonald, Participant

Over the course of our trek through the Cordillera Real, we’ve been bombarded with unimaginable beauty in many forms: glaciers, rolling grey-green mountains, peaks covered in windblown snowdrifts, red clay mountains dusted with snow, and......Read More

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Fifteen Things I Won’t Forget From The...

Madeline Knauer, Participant

A white butterfly landing on my hand while taking in the extraordinary glaciers. The last meal – macaroni and cheese made with all the butter we had been saving for a few days. Trimate tea in the morning. Sitting in a tent getting covered with......Read More

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It Goes Round and Round

Devan, Participant

Yak of the Week

Broadcasting live through the interweb, this is my first official Andes and Amazon Yak and I´m proud to be here with you all this evening. After hunching over many pages of reflective scrawls, abundant in nonsense and somewhat prehistoric in......Read More

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Into the Unknown, Out of Contact

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Dear friends and family, This is the announcement that we wait for eagerly as instructors. This is the part where our adventures become wilder. We will be out of touch starting tomorrow. We leave El Alto early in the morning and head into the......Read More

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Potosí From The Rooftop Water Tank

Madeline Knauer, Participant

Olivia and I sit on the roof, whispering about our respective days when all of a sudden we hear the sound of an Andean flute. Devan has arrived. He climbs the stairs from the roof to a farther up roof and then up a ladder to atop a water tank.......Read More

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A Visit To The Mines of Potosí

Parker Pflaum, Instructor

Here we some photos from our visit to Potosí, Bolivia. The man is Basilio. He has been working as a miner in Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia since he was 10 years old. He took us on a tour of his mine, showed us how they use dynamite, and preform......Read More

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Figs & Figuras

Brooke, Participant

Doña Pilar is in the backyard harvesting figs when I get home. I join her, reaching for higos on branches that Mom can’t reach. “¡Cuidado!” Mom lovingly critiques my technique – I’m reaching for figs that are too......Read More

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André

Pat Macdonald, Participant

In living in other cultures, it’s easy to classify things in two categories: Good, and Bad. While this practice simplifies things, it fails to recognize our inexperience and naivete and the fact that, as visitors, we are absolutely unqualified......Read More

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Lucky

Joe LaRocca, Participant

Yesterday, our group took 45 minutes to write and reflect on both our experience so far in Bolivia and the transitions we´re about to go through from our homestays in Tiquipaya to the cities of Sucre, Potosi and La Paz. I wanted to paraphrase some......Read More

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What Does it Mean to Live Well?

Parker Pflaum, Instructor

Yak of the Week

From Cochabamba to Torotoro is only 148 kilometers, but it is a grueling six-hour ride.  Most of the roads are made of cobblestones, which are set down by hand— first by laying out three to six parallel lines of stone and then by filling the......Read More

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Decolonization

Brooke, Participant

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunter will always be glorified.” – African proverb Yesterday, the news broke that Facebook has been pumping out fake news in the News Feeds of users in 6 countries......Read More

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The Gift of Giving

Tone Lee, Participant

Yak of the Week

High school was a pretty traumatic experience for me. I was a giving person, showering people with my love and affection. However, as multiple of my friends that I loved and cared for passed away, I grew more and more cold, frustrated with myself......Read More

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A New Generation of Trees

Jeff Wagner, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our Bolivian community of Tiquipaya made international headlines this month for the first time in over a decade. After three years of drought, the rains came all at once this month, consolidating an entire rainy season worth of precipitation into......Read More