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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Filled with Gratitude

Andrea & Stephan Badot, Participant

Dear Dragones, As mentioned by another parent, we are filled with gratitude for the instructors and entire Dragons staff for their work with this group of young adults. We have discovered that being parents of young adults is much more challenging......Read More

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Student flight has departed!

The Instructors, Instructor

All 9 students are on their American Airlines flight #922 to Miami (Minus Victor and Chris who will continue traveling here in South America). Their flight will stop briefly in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before then flying directly to Miami. Their flight......Read More

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Coming Home

Los Instructores, Instructor

Hello dear family and friends, Yesterday we spent our last day of transference and our second-to-last day on program on La Isla del Sol, where the origin story of the Incas takes place. It was amazing to be on such sacred land, especially at the end......Read More

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El Choro Trek

Jack Oliver, Participant

Yak of the Week

Last week we completed the 6-day El Choro trek with our guide Percy, which started just outside La Paz and ended in Los Yungas. We had to take a different route to the usual one because two bridges were out. This route involved taking a minibus from......Read More

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Tocaña

Izzy Anderson, Participant

We arrived in Tocaña after a hard week of trekking. Tired,smelly and sore we arrived at last to what would become our base of operations; Pulga´s house. A La Paz born anthropologist, he had visited Tocaña some 25 odd years ago and found it so......Read More

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Taller de Panaderia

Mary Ren Moench, Participant

After reuniting as a whole group in El Alto, we spent the afternoon baking with Doña Tonya, Ivan´s sister, in Teatro Trono. We spent about thirty minutes finding the ingredients for Pay de Limon, Pay de Manzana, y Pancito. After going back to the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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X-Phase!

Jack Oliver, Participant

Hola! X-Phase has begun! This is a time when students take greater ownership of the course and decide what activities we would like to arrange, as well as where we wish to visit. For the next few days we will return to our homestays in La Paz, which......Read More

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Visit to the coca fields

Group B, Instructor

Coca, the sacred leaf of the Andes has been a central theme throughout our course. Contested and criminalized for its distant connection to cocaine this leaf plays a crucial role in Andean traditional belief systems and in modern day society.......Read More

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Happy Birthday Teresa!

The Instructors, Instructor

The community of Tocaña wanted to wish our student Teresa a happy birthday, so they got her a cake and sang/danced traditional Saya music for her!  The evening was topped off with a delicious meal of a variety of local dishes. We hope Teresa......Read More

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Hola from Tocaña

Group B, Instructor

Hello Friends and Family, After 6 days trekking in the mountains outside of La Paz and then hiking down a couple thousand feet via the El Choro trek we’ve arrived in the Afrobolivian community of Tocaña in Los Yungas. We’ll stay here......Read More

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Trek update!

Sandy, Instructor

Picture of the Week

3 días en las montañas de Condoriri y Huayna Potosi.  Caminar  bajo las faldas del Condoriri con un lindo clima soldado,contemplando las lagunas y hermosas vistas, después llegamos a las faldas de la montaña Huayna Potosi donde al despertar nos regaló una mágica Nevada. Caminar bajo la nieve fue otra de las experiencias que nos enseña agradecer a la vida…Ahora estamos camino hacia la región de los Yungas donde tenemos dos días de caminata por el choro. El 16 por la tarde llegaremos a la Comunidad de Tocaña donde compartiremos junto a la comunidad Afroboliviana su historia, sus luchas y… Read More

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A&A-B out on trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear friends and families, The A&A-B group is currently on day 2 two of their 6-day trek in the high Andes, dropping down into the tropical lowlands.  Yesterday the group ascended to the base of Mt Condoriri, a 4,400 meter peak in the......Read More