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Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Photo Sharing

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Hey guys! So here is the link to a google photos shared album to put all of our pictures from the trip together. If you have any pictures/videos, please put them on there so we can all see! Feel free to share the link with friends or family as well.......Read More

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Thank You (and photos!)

Anna Wolf, Participant

Dear Dragoncitos, I am so grateful to have shared six unforgettable weeks with you throughout the Peruvian Andes and Amazon this summer. From mountain ranges to rainforest, we have not only gotten to know ourselves and each other deeply, but have......Read More

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In Lima

Brian, Participant

Hello friends and families! Here are two photos that the group sent me from the Lima airport. (I myself have stayed in Puerto Maldonado for the first part of my post-course life.) They plan to go out for some ceviche before their flight from Lima to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Group flight departing for Lima!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Peru 6 families, The group flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima is in the air, and will arrive at 7:20 pm local time.  The students and their instructor Anna are planning to share a celebratory ceviche dinner in Lima before their connecting......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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International Return Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Final Thoughts

Asher Freund, Participant

In conclusion, Peru was to me an island. Its beaches were mountains; its jungles were jungles; and I, traversing its plains and slicing its rivers, was an Amazonian frog. I found the essence of Peru on the breath and in the fur of its animals. I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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What Dragons Gave Me

Kayla Hutto, Participant

As my six week course travelling through Peru comes to a close, I feel so grateful for the opportunity to learn from Dragons and their philosophy. I learned a lot about myself, expecially about how I want to travel going forth in my life. Dragons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Haikus

Peru 6 week poets, Instructor

Hi family and friends, Saludos from Puerto Maldonado, where we are in the midst of transference. While enjoying a long day on the Madre de Dios river to travel here, we wrote haiku poems about our time in the Amazon and share them with you all here.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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People of the Clouds

Tava Harper, Participant

”If you don’t think about it, the bugs swarming the light look like the stars against a pitch black sky,”-Asher & I.   In the time we have spent traveling recently, we could find ourselves above, in the midst of, and below......Read More

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Huacaria

Becky Nielsen, Participant

We arrived in Huacaria 3 days ago and it is one of the most interesting places we’ve been so far.  My homestay mom’s name is Carmen Rosa, and she has a 4-year old daughter named Kasandra. We all sleep in a one room house with a roof......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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Letter to my Homestay Family

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Querido Narda, Illariy, y Flavio: Quiero agradecerles por ser tan acogedores conmigo. Sé que mi español no es el mejor, pero cada uno de ustedes hizo un gran esfuerzo para hablar conmigo y ayudarme a adaptar. Gracias por esto. Narda: estoy tan......Read More

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The Road to Q’eros

Instructor, Instructor

After participating in Quechua language classes and cultural sensitivity workshops, the group has departed Ocongate and is en route to our final Andean homestay in Nación Q’eros! Due to stormy, snowy weather we were delayed by 2 days and......Read More

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Machu Picchu Panoramas

Anna Wolf, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Some choose not to visit the world heritage site of Machu Picchu because of the tourist vs. traveler dilemma. With 5,000 sightseers per day and an annual revenue of USD $35.9 million, it is challenging to find “authentic” educational experiences amidst the touristic elements. For social and environmental reasons, our group decided to take the road less traveled by avoiding the trains/buses and instead walking with all our gear from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, camping outside the sanctuary in a park, and then hiking up to the ruins (totalling 48km roundtrip on foot)! Despite burning calves, reaching the heights of… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (6-week)

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The Line Between Heaven and Earth

Asher Freund, Participant

Yak of the Week

Happy Thursday! I don’t have much time to write this yak because i am meeting my host family for lunch in 20 minutes. So i will briefly recount some moments and share a few thoughts: During our 5 day trek around Apu Ausangate, I witnessed the most......Read More

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Urubamba – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Brian, Instructor

Hello friends and families! The group has safely, soundly, and enjoyably made it from Urubamba homestays to Machu Picchu to Cusco. Saludos from the ombligo del mundo. Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas and said to be......Read More