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My Tiquipaya Daily Routine

Samuel Hollister, Participant

It has now been nine days since we first arrived in Tiquipaya following our five-day trek through el Parque Nacional de Toro Toro, and as a whole we have settled in quite nicely to our daily routines. For me, this means waking up just before seven......Read More

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Homestays in full swing

Jesse, Instructor

Hello friends and families, Now 8 days into homestays and student learning is in high gear! Between daily spanish classes, independent study projects, and impassioned talks with local activists, community leaders and academics, we are filling our......Read More

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Una Corta Historia de Toro Toro

Michela Laurin, Participant

The Agrarian Reform in Bolivia, which lasted from 1952-58, sought to redistribute the land amongst the campesinos (farmers) because up until that point, the people had been living under a kind of feudal system in which the Quechuan patrónes (in the......Read More

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Treking in Torotoro

Hannah, Participant

17 February 2019 Dew still coated the rainfly of my tent when I woke up early this morning in a race with the sun to see who would be the first to rise. After rubbing my eyes into a semi-awake yet still blurry state and shoving my arms into my puffy......Read More

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Muchas Gracias, Toro Toro

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Yak of the Week

Who would have known that a group of 16 persons, all from vastly different backgrounds would connect so deeply with two guides, native to the Toro Toro National Park in Potosi, Bolivia. It seems that when diversity meets diversity, souls are......Read More

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Toro Toro

Peter, Participant

Hey Everyone! This is Peter checking in to just say what a great time we have all been having in Bolivia! We just got back from a treck in the breathtaking mountains of Toro Toro, where our wonderful guide Don Mario and his daughter Linna led us......Read More

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beautiful places

Lotus, Participant

18/2/19 Buenos dias de Bolivia! We just finished our first trek! It was super fun and challenging, we explored Toro Toro national park and learned about the history from our guides Don Mario and Lina who we shared our lives with for five beautiful......Read More

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First Trek

Jackson, Participant

Hello everyone! What great first trek! First, we packed up, left Cochabamba, and descended into Toro Toro National Park, where we met our guides, Don Mario and his daughter Lina. Don Mario is a truly amazing person. He knows the park like the back......Read More

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First Trek!

Teagan Cimring, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hola Familias! We have been in Bolivia for exactly ten days now but it already feels like a lifetime ago that we arrived at the airport and were greeted by Jhasmany, Sandy y Jesse. The first five days we spent in an amazing eco lodge which felt like......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Our First Trek!

Maayan Weitzman, Participant

Our first trek was a success! We have now reached Tiquipaya, where our 3 week long homestay will begin. Today we are meeting our families and I couldn´t be more excited! Our trek was incredible. Although some of our group got sick, we were still......Read More

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Our First Trek in Torotoro Itinerary

Jesse, Instructor

Orientation is a wrap! Scavenger hunts, team building excercises, and lessons on group safety and health have kept us very busy and it’s now time to get out there and learn. Today we begin a 5 day, 4 night trek in Torotoro national park. We......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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La busca de tesoro

El grupo mejor, Participant

Jackson – I am very happy to have Danielle, Morgan and Lyla here to translate for me! Danielle – This is a very exciting activity. We re currently in an internet cafe in Quillacollo on a scavenger hunt. Morgan – ¡Buenas tardes!......Read More

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Trying a prickly `pear for the first time

Michela Laurin, Participant

Today our group had a scavenger hunt on the outskirts of Cochabamba.  There were several things on the list, like “find a liquid that you have never tried before,” “find a man named Francisco,” and “ask someone to tell......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt!

Sam Hollister, Participant

Hola todos! This is Sam Hollister, with group members Allyson, Teagan, and Hannah, completing our first mission on our Cochabamba scavenger hunt. We have spent three days in an eco lodge outside the city called Janajpacha, a beautiful outdoor haven......Read More