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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Boca Pariamanu

Sierra and Henry, Dragons Admin

It’s day two here of our incredible stay in the Boca Pariamanu community. The Peruvian rainforest has so far proven to be a warm and welcoming place. In two short days, we have learned and seen so many new things. How lucky are we to have the......Read More

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Internet Cafe

Sierra and Sam, Participant

Update from Sierra and Sam! We´re about to go to the Amazon. Right now we´re in an internet cafe getting lots of new music on an mp3 player because we are music deprived. But we´re super excited to go to the jungle 😀 Being in an internet cafe......Read More

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Transition to the Amazon

The Instructors, Participant

Hi friends and family, We have had quite the adventure this last week trekking in Ausangate. Despite the rain, hail, and snow we experienced on the trail – we had an incredible time being among the sacred mountains and lakes in this region. We......Read More

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For My People

Lucy, Participant

Yak of the Week

(This yak was written a few weeks ago in La Paz, Bolivia.) Something that has characterized my semester is the crazy amount of love and gratitude I have for my friends and how much easier they have made my transition away from home. When I try to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Walking the Path

Danielle, Participant

Trekking in Ausangate, we walked through rolling green hills but were surrounded by sharp peaks covered in snow, violent edges that only occasionaly peaked through the cloudy sky.  Thousands of years ago Incans walked these same hills.  Villages......Read More

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Unos días en el valle sagrado

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello everyone. So due to unforeseen circumstances I was not with the group for the trek. But don’t worry it’s not that bad so far everything is going great. I’m actually able to spend some more time learning some Spanish. In case anyone is......Read More

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All is well on Ausangate!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello Friends and Family, I have been in touch with the group via satellite communication. They report the group is at camp and doing well on night three. They will be finishing their trek on November 11th and head back to Cusco for some hot showers......Read More

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Yakajwa

Sierra, Participant

From Coroico to Sucre, Sucre to La Jastambo, La Jastambo to Yotala, Yotala to Uyuni, Uyuni to La Paz… So far, this gap year has been quite the adventure. Two months ago, the girl who sat in her room in Lafayette packing her bags and making routine......Read More

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Itinerary Update

The Instructors, Participant

Hi all – after quite an incredible few days in the salt flats and desert in Uyuni we are back in the big city of La Paz. After arriving here this morning, we had a nice relaxing afternoon learning more about coca leaves and the history,......Read More

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Environmental Charla in Uyuni

Henry Popp, Participant

Today we had Benito Quispe, a local environmentalist, come to give us a talk about issues in the Uyuni region. We returned from three unforgettable days in the salt flats of El Salar with much curiosity and many questions about this incredibly......Read More

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Excursion in Salar Uyuni

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, Today the group began a 3 day excursion of the famous Salar Uyuni salt flats. This route will take them through the vast remote salt plains, up into the high desert full of colorful lagunas speckled with flamingos feeding on......Read More

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Mid-course and transitions

Los instructorxs, Instructor

Hi friends and family! Another update from A&A, group A – we are currently in Yotala, and have really enjoyed the last two days or reflection and relaxation that mid-course lends itself to. It’s crazy to believe we are already half way......Read More

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Leaving Lajastambo

Danielle, Participant

After a month of struggling to communicate with my host family, sleeping on a bed with no pillow in a room with no windows, and eating soup for most of my meals, I realized this lifestyle had become routine and daily rituals had become soothing. ......Read More

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De Sucre con Amor

Lucy y Todos, Dragons Admin

Today is a bittersweet day for our group because those of us who have been commuting to Sucre 3 days a week for our ISPs will have our last micro ride home from the city tonight. In “la ciudad blanca” we learned as diverse things as Quechua,......Read More