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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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Life in South America

Peter, Participant

My travels have been great so far. I will never forget the people I have met and the friendships I have made. I could fill up pages writing about my experiences in Bolivia and Peru, but I rather go out and create more. Till next time....Read More

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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

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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

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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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4 Days

Lyla Stettenheim, Participant

Asuncion de Quiquibe. A pueblo of 33 families. 40 years old. Accessible by boat and walking. And I think the most different place I have ever visited in my life. At night, stars light every part of the sky, forming a dome that feels as if it encases......Read More

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To Ivan of Teatro Trono

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Abby, Lyla, Jesse and I headed to Teatro Trono a few weeks ago. We took the teleferrico up to El Alto watching fireworks reign in the closing performance of the setting sky. As we walked on the street with Teatro, Ivan´s warm smile contrasted the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Bits & Pieces from the Amazon

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Tuesday, March 26, 6:34 PM Left Guanay this morning around 8:30 and boarded a boat that will be taking us down offshoots of the Amazon River and all the way to Asuncion de Quiquibey, the rural homestay where we will be staying with host families,......Read More

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Amazon Photo Dump!

Jesse, Participant

Hi everyone, We have arrived safely to Rurrenabaque and our only a few days away from finishing up our time in Bolivia. 🙁 I’ll let students fill you in on the details of this last week but for now I just wanted to share some photos for you......Read More

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9 hours got nothing on us

Maayan Weitzman, Participant

During the last week, our group spent our time trekking in the Cordillera Real. Our journey was breathtaking – both by the views and the challenging terrain. On the second to last day of the trek, we left camp for a 9 hour long day hike to a......Read More

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First day of the trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear families and friends, Yesterday the group completed the first day of their trek around the sacred peak of Illampu.  Miraculously, the instructors had phone service at their campsite and were able to send a few photos!  The trek is off to a......Read More

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Heading for our next trek

Jhasmany, Participant

Dear families and friends, As we write, we are heading out to our trek in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in South America. We will have a six-day trek at the base of the mountain Illampu. We will have incredible views of glaziers, valleys......Read More

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Mis niños

Michela, Participant

I’ve never experienced the joys of having a large family before.  My own family at home is quite small, consisting of just my parents and my sister and I.  However, when I came to my family here in Bolivia, I was surprised to find that my......Read More

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morning run

Allyson, Participant

I’m standing on the edge of the world watching the clouds roll by, tinged orange and pink with the morning light. My knuckles are white, both with cold and with the effort of gripping the banister that separates this viewpoint from the sheer......Read More