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There is a Gondola!!!!!

Piper Ackermann, Participant

We made it to Bolivia! While we are sad to leave Peru we have successfully arrived in La Paz, Bolivia after a 15 hour bus ride. We arrived tired but eager to take advantage of our one day here. In order to see as much of the city as possible we......Read More

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Trekking Amongst the Sacred

Jac, Instructor

Hello friends and family! We just got back from our first big trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, located outside of Cusco. If we had to choose one word to describe our trekking experience it would be “sacred.” Some follow-up words would......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Haku!! (we dont know how to spell it)

Reeve and Maddie, Participant

As you may know, today is our last day in Peru, and its been quite the time. Dinner last night was awesome and we got to celebrate two very special birthdays (happy birthday Piper and Lucas!!). Back at the hostal, we had a killer dance party that......Read More

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Heading to Bolivia!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

The group has finished up their time in Peru. They have been resting up from their Ausangate trek in Cusco while learning about the rich history of the area. They have reported their time in Cusco was without incident despite the recent political......Read More

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lost in translation?

Annika, Participant

Buenas tardes desde Cusco! We are settling back into city life after our amazing Ausungate trek by drinking cappucinos, getting in contact with parents (hi, mom!), and enjoying hot meals for lunch. Before we left for the trek, we spent a night in......Read More

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At Last, I Rejoin the Group

Lucas Gaffney, Participant

This Yak is just to say how glad I am to return to the group after missing out on what seemed like a great few days. I had an unfortunate accident during orientation which led to a fun few days with Ben and Jack in a hospital in Cusco. They did a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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High Altitude Trekkin!!

Jackson Mangum, Participant

Hello everybody!! Today has been our first recovery day at a nice low altitude of 11,200 ft. We’ve been hanging around Cuzco finding cool places and good food around the city. The trek around the enormous mountains and Ausangate was absolutely......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Reflection in the Andes

Gabrielle Narcisse, Participant

After chowing down, throwing out rotten fruit, drying out tents, I present to you, from seemingly the only internet cafe in Cusco, a new Yak!!! After our 5 day 4 night trek through the diverse landscapes of the Andes my head continues to spin with......Read More

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Update on Peru Political Situation

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Peru. As you may be aware, yesterday Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra carried out a controversial dissolution of Congress. In response there have been gatherings in Lima,......Read More

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Heading out on trek!

Ben, Participant

Hi everyone! Tomorrow we are heading out to trek a section of the Cordillera Vilcanota, near Laguna Singrenacocha. It’s going to be a lovely adventure, and we won’t be in contact until 10/2, arriving to Cusco late on 10/1. This will be......Read More

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Machu Picchu

Isabelle and Reeve, Participant

Hey! We are back in Urubamba after an amazing trek to Machu Picchu.  After dodging bugs, trains, dogs, and tourists we made it to the incredible ruins.  Our guide told us about the speculations of the Incan history at the ruins.  After walking......Read More

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Machu Piccheando

Ben Daley, Participant

Hi friends and family, We are “Machu Piccheando”, our new Spanish verb for Machu Picchuing. The students are excited and buying food for tomorrow in the town of Aguas Calientes. Tomorrow we wake at dawn! To Machu Picchu! Ben...Read More

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Howdy from the trek!

Gabrielle, Participant

Howdy everyone! Yesterday we looked out the windows in awe of the mountains, glaciers, and animals along our six hour drive to Santa Teresa. We had a nice night chilling in the hot springs.  Today was our first day of our trek to Macchu Pichu! Our......Read More

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A message from the heart…

Madeleine, Reeve and Annika, Participant

Howdy folks, This is Madeleine, Annika, and Reeve, your finest corazones (hearts) of the group (which is why we have the immense pleasure of posting another yak). Today we assigned group roles so now we are here for all of your emotional and......Read More

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Checking in from Las Challupas

Owen and Reeve, Participant

(Insert upside down exclamation mark here) Bienvenidos! Hello families and friends, it has been quite a packed week. Our first week here in Peru has been an orientation time for us to get to know the customs of our new location and expectations for......Read More