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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group C

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The Story of Nacion Q’eros

Sophie A. Iglar, Participant

“Nacion Q’eros” One girl’s story about 10 travelers’ time spent in the mountains with the last remaining descendants of the Inca Empire. Written by: Sophie A. Iglar Published by: Yak Shack Inc., Cusco, Peru–......Read More

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Departing for Nacion Q’eros

The I-team, Instructor

Hi families, It’s been a blur since we departed Bolivia just a few short days ago! Students are already missing their families in El Alto but they’ve had a blast exploring the city of Cusco and are settling into our last month together......Read More

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Boliviajeros

Reid, Participant

As I am sitting on my bed in the last night of our El Alto homestay, I decided to take a look back on our amazing times that this country, Bolivia, has given us. Thank you for our first home, Casa Ivy and its endless platters of unique dishes. Thank......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Chaocito Bolivia

Judah, Participant

¡Hola Todos!   The group is currently spending our final night in our El Alto homestays and will be leaving tomorrow morning for Cusco, Peru.  I have immensely enjoyed spending nearly two months exploring Bolivia, from the depths of the hot......Read More

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On to Perú!

Dave Haffemen, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, Today, the group has finished up the last day of their homestay in El Alto. Its has been an incredible week getting to know this community and working with the theater group COMPA Trono to understand more about the history......Read More

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Happy Things 3.0!

Molly, Participant

Where did I leave off? Between sweltering hikes through the Amazonian selva and unexpected (though secretly appreciated) reunions with our favorite telenovela characters in La Paz, the past two weeks have shown our group a kind of beautiful chaos.......Read More

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Itinerary Updates!

The Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and families, As many of you I’m sure are aware, Oct. 20th’s presidential election here in Bolivia has been marred by controversy. Claims of fraudulent results, ongoing nationwide protests, and blockades on major highways......Read More

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A Tale of Two Birthdays

Hannah and Sophie, Participant

Buenos a todos, It’s your two October birthday girls here, Sophie and Hannah:) We wanted to share a little bit about our special days and what it’s like to celebrate the coming of a new year-Dragons style. To be completely honest, we......Read More

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Looking Back on The Amazon

Reid, Participant

After resting up in the small Pueblo of Guanay for a couple of days, our group set out for a brand new ecological environment: The Bolivian Amazon, pure selva. We spent the first 2 and a half days moving down the Rio Caca and Rio Beni. We were......Read More

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Saying goodbye to the Amazon

Jesse, Participant

Hi families! Aaaaaand we’re back. Last week we left Guanay by boat, cruising comfortably down the Rio Beni and setting up camp on river banks on our way to our Amazon homestay in the small indigenous community of Asuncion de Quiquibey. Here we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Update on Political Situation in Bolivia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Bolivia. As you may be aware, last Sunday presidential elections were held in which Evo Morals was running for a controversial 4th term. Final votes were counted yesterday......Read More

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Leaving Guanay

The instructors , Instructor

We are leaving Guanay, after a very necessary 2 resting days. We will be traveling by boat down the Rio Beni towards Asunción del Quiquibey, today and tomorrow. Arriving on Thursday afternoon we will begin a short homestay in Quiquibey. We will be......Read More

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La Cordillera Real

Max Romeyn, Participant

It has been four days since we finished our six-day trek of La Cordillera Real, and I am finally regaining my normal energy while enjoying the hospitality of Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca. Looking back, despite a strong feeling of fatigue, the......Read More