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WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Veintidos Días Más

Andrew, Participant

Days are winding down on our three month long expedition. Here in Sucre, we all had a free day to reflect upon this fact. For me, the experience has far exceeded my expectations and goals to say the least. The current X-phase planning process is a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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X-Phase Itinerary

Jane and Lydia, Participant

Hola amigos, Over the past week and a half we have been working hard to plan our upcoming X-Phase. Here is our tentative itinerary: April 10th: Night in La Paz, trek prep and day of rest. April 11th: Leave early and arrive in Sorata midday where we......Read More

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Heading off on Trek!

Kripa, Tsheten, & Uttara, Instructor

After three days of rain in Lakeside Pokhara, the clouds cleared up for us to start our Mardi Himal Trek. We started with a gentle 3 hour day, easing ourselves into our 12 day trek. The Annapurna range hides behind the clouds for now, but with some......Read More

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Itinerary update

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hello friends and family! We are currently in Makassar, Sulawesi after a successful visa run in Kuala Lumpur. The group had a quick 48 hours in Malaysia where the students were able to stock up on any last needs before heading to Wakatobi (and eat......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Homestay by the Ocean

Lila Brady, Participant

A little excerpt from my journal a few days ago: 4/7/19 7:34 am – Musa Homestay, Lamboya, Sumba What a beautiful flow here. To wake when my body tells me to, to read under my mosquito net canopy of roses. To waft between the ocean and the......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Journey vs Destination

Alyssa, Participant

Yak of the Week

As Jeff and I hiked up the Kuang Si waterfall, we discussed a yak I was working on: journey vs destination. I told him how my homestay families in both Camodia and Laos had several family members that work very far away (such as in Bangkok or in......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Cave Adventures

Maia Zelkha, Participant

I can’t stop thinking about the caves we’ve been exploring in Laos. I am obsessed with caves. Here are three descriptions of some caves we explored a week ago when we were in Vang Vieng. I. This first cave started with crouching through......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Concentric Circles of Life

Abigail, Participant

On Friday, we were able to make it to Moray, a Incan archeological site. Built in around 1400 by a community of only 30 people, these incredible concentric circles were used as experimental agricultural planes. The idea of the circles, going deeper......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Cusco: off the wall

Michela, Participant

Cusco is truly a remarkable place.  Even after five hundred years, the mark of the Incan empire is still evident on the city.  La Plaza de Armas, for example, has always been the central plaza, and even though cathedrals now dominate the plaza,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Arrived in Cusco, starting x-phase

Zack, Instructor

X-phase or more formally titled Expedition Phase is my favorite part of any Dragons course. In my personal definition of x-phase, this part of the course is designed to reflect adulthood. X-phase is the time in our students’ “lives” when they......Read More

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Fun in Sucre

Lydia and Jane, Participant

Hello everyone!! Wednesday night we left Potosi and boarded a bus to Sucre, the colonial capital of Bolivia. We are staying in a lovely hostel close to the city center. So far we have taken a walking tour of the city with Condor Trekkers, done a lot......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Recipie & Reflection

Hannah, Participant

Yak of the Week

Resounding church bells over terracotta tiles. Cries of “¡Churros!” and “¡Masajes!” in cobbled plazas. Six AM sunrises over the glaciated peaks of Auzangate. This is Cusco. Sitting in this internet cafe, licking the......Read More

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Halfway Through Patan

I-Team, Instructor

Our second week of Patan is leaving us with all the feelings that come with spending extended time in one place: excitement, comfort, sickness, curiosity, tiredness, familiarity, and grounding. This week started off with a Challenge Day. The......Read More