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WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive (4-week) - Group A

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Highway to adventure

Azra, Participant

Blistered feet, crumbled backs, dog bights, ekoli, sunburns all around. Every second was worth it. My fellow dragons and I started our adventure out on what I would say a fairly easy treck on the morning of July 12. But that was just the beginning.......Read More

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The TREK

Harrison Koffman, Participant

Hola Yak readers, Imagine waking up in your bed at 6am to a very large marching band right outside, now you are in my life so welcome to Nebaj a rather large town in Guatemala. Instead of going in depth on what I am doing in Nebaj, I would like to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group A

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Hola!

Remy, Participant

Hola todos! We just got back from the long awaited trek around Ausengate. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We were trekking up to 17000ft (around 5000 meters), and experienced the most beautiful views of ice capped mountains and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Peru

Peru: Sacred Mountains (4-week) - Group A

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Apu Ausangate

Miller Duchovny, Participant

Hello All! We have just returned from out first major trek on the mountain Ausangate. Hiking around Ausangate and the surrounding mountains has been a truly unforgetable experience as we treked to altitudes higher than I ever dreamed of going and......Read More

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Day 5 in Madagascar

Soleil, Participant

The past couple of days, our Madagascar team hiked about 7 miles and spent some time in an old palace outside of Antsirabe. There, we learned more of the Malagasy language and history while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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NEWS

Leila, Participant

FRIENDS! FAMILIES! OTHER AVID YAK BOARD READERS! (Yes, you!) I have NEWS. Andes and Amazon, Group B, has just completed its last trek through the gorgeous Andes mountains. We are all happy, safe, and settled in La Paz–even if some of us got......Read More

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Solo Sondondo, Valle of Thoughts

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Our hour long solo walk through the Valle of Sondondo was an awakening experience for my brain. As I told our guide Miguel, ¨¡Yo no puedo creer mis ojos en estes lugares!¨ (A phrase I picked up from watching Spongebob with my fellow Dragones)......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Mind & Body

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

I´ve always been a kind of idealist. Daydreamer, romantic, nose always buried in a book. My mom would say it´s my artistic nature. My friends would say it´s because I´m a Pisces. Myers-Briggs says it´s an INFP thing. Most of the time, I believe......Read More

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The magic of Sondondo

Jhasmany, Instructor

Dear friends and families, We are in our second of three days in Ayacucho. We have been trekking in the valley of Sondondo for the past six days. The experiences in this part of Peru have been totally breathtaking. We saw so many beautiful......Read More

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Trek in the Cordillera Real

Catarina and Lila, Participant

This past week we went on a trek in the Cordillera Real region of the Andes. We have now made it to Hostal Sol y Luna, just above Coroico, all showered and clean after 7 days of camping. We began the trek by ascending to altitudes of more than 5,000......Read More

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It’s the journey

Morgan, Participant

It’s the journey not the destination. I find adventures approached with this mindset to be the most rewarding, and our dayhike on Saturday was the perfect example of this classic adage. The hike was the first of our “mini x-phases”, practice......Read More

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21 Steps & 5 Breaths

Danielle Mullings, Participant

The words emboldened are paraphrased quotes from our ´charla´with Oscar Oliviera. His words (though about politics and governance) have given me added insight on my experience trekking. It was forty-five minutes into our uphill trek on the second......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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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