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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Culture Clash in the Andes

Chris Jawetz, Participant

Greetings from Cuzco! We just finished a 6 day trek through Nacion Q’eros, a series of isolated Andean communities, where we saw and learned about the last true descendants of the Inca. It was fascinating to see the intersection of the......Read More

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Back from Q’eros

Instructor Team, Instructor

Hola from Ocongate! We’ve just returned from 6 powerful days in the Q’eros Nation. Our dear friends and trusted guides Siwar Kenti and his son Miguelinti led us from one community to the next, teaching us about their culture all along......Read More

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Update from Nación Q’eros!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons families and friends, We have been in regular contact with the instructors, and they report that the group is having a powerful journey through the Q’eros territory in Peru.  Yesterday the students shared a Pachamanka ceremony......Read More

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Off to Nación Q’eros!

Zack, Raquel and Erick, Instructor

Greetings from Ocongate! We’re on our way to Nación Q’eros, a remote collection of Quechua villages tucked away in the Vilcanota Mountain Range, the highest mountain chain in southeastern Peru.  We will be hiking from one community to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Boca Pariamanu reflection

Libby Kern, Participant

The group has just returned from our homestays in the small Amazonian community of Boca Pariamanu. Despite the heat, bugs, and my own weak stomach, I had an incredible time getting to know a little bit about this small and beautiful community. The......Read More

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The Importance of Castañas

Mary Ren Moench, Participant

Having just returned from the amazing community of Boca Pariamanu located on the Madre de Dios River, I find myself unable to express our experience in only a few hundred words. The Amazon Rainforest is unlike any other place I have ever visited,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Boca Pariamanu

Jack Oliver, Participant

Without a watch, it was nearly impossible to tell the time during the day in the rainforest. We might have been walking 40 minutes or two hours. Occassionally, we would pass a pile of brazil nuts that the people of Boca Pariamanu had collected from......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Boca Pariamanu

Isabel Anderson, Participant

Sitting around the handmade table we had eaten all week on, eating our last delicious meal, we took turns sharing what aspect of the community we would like to take home to our own homes.  I found myself agreeing with one response after another. I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Our week in the Amazon

Teresa, Participant

For the past 5 days, our group has gone “back to the basics” and enjoyed a lovely homestay with the indegneous settlement of Boca Pariamanu at the mouth of the Madre de Dios river. Guided by Chris from Fauna Forever, we participated in a......Read More

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UPDATE FROM THE JUNGLE!

The Instructors, Instructor

Here are a couple photos of all the fun things we’re learning here in the Amazon. Today we practiced the traditional arts of basket weaving and archery. As well we got a chance to visit a nearby fish farm to catch our own lunch! We will be......Read More

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GREETINGS FROM BOCA PARIAMANU!

The instructors, Instructor

Hello from the sweaty and lush Peruvian rainforest! We’ve already learned so much from our hosts Fauna Forever and the people of Boca Pariamanu. Each day is filled with hikes through the forest identifying plants and thought provoking......Read More

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Into the Amazon!

Julianne, Instructor

Hola friends and family, We’re on our way to the remote Amazon community of Boca Pariamanu outside of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. We’ll spend the next 6 days partaking in our first homestay experience. We’ll also be working with and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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First Trek Reflections

Isabel and Asa, Participant

Sitting in the warm puerto maldonado air, we think back on a time not so long ago, when we were not so warm. It’s easy to forget amongst the postcard-picturesque mountains and mystical landscape that this place, just a somewhat uncomortable......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Looking back on Lares

Libby & Annabelle, Participant

After four days of trekking from Urubamba to Lares, we have finally been reintroduced to showers and general hygeine. As much as we missed the luxuries that we had during orientation, this trek allowed us to gain perspective and connect fully to our......Read More