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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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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

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Practicing patience while on trek

Logan Ruch, Participant

Patience, It´s something we all want more of but there´s never enough to go around. It is something that can be taught but it takes a long time and with much practice it can be improved. I am one of those people who has never had much patience for......Read More

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Update from Trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons friends and families, The A&A-A group is on the 6th day of their Choquequirao trek, an ambitious mountain excursion organized 100% by the student group.  Choquequirao is a remote Incan Citadel that was constructed after the Spanish......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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The Leeches

Edward Meyer, Participant

Yak of the Week

[Note: This is merely a parody of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and it is therefore not an instance of copyright infringement. At least, I hope not. I should really look that up.] [Other Note: I meant to post this about two weeks ago, and I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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The Body That Carries Me

Emily Rigby, Participant

While cradled by nature, the passage of time tends to prove itself less and less concrete. How they manage to do it, I am uncertain, but the mountains rob hours of their typical flow, their decisive linearity. Individual days often seem to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thoughts from Ketambe Jungle

Mina, Participant

Yak of the Week

9/24/18 Today, I walked passed an enormous, majestic tree, with a myriad of intertwining branches sprouting in every direction, like a Hindu goddess stretching her abundance of arms in a serene yawn under the glow of the nascent morning sun.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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our first trek

sophie meinen, Participant

At the start of the trek, I was honestly very worried because unlike the majority of the group, until 5 days ago I had never been trekking. I´d gone hiking over the summer with my family but it´d only been short day trips with small packs, not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Post trek thoughts

Ella, Participant

¡Hola a todos! Group A has just completed our first trek, and while our feet are sore and our appetites are bigger than ever, our hearts are full. Last night in Sucre, we met as a group for a debrief of the trek. There’s a lot on my mind......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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A Poem I wrote

Emmy Siletto, Participant

I hate to think about the walls I´ve built within my mind To hide away the love, the joy, the tears I cannot find But purple earth caked to the sides of botas far too new And waking up at four to dusty clothes and morning dew The taste of coca rich......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Be Bold, Start Cold

Claire Kraemer, Participant

the group rose at 6 in the morning to eat, get our gear to the mules, and begin our trek. the night before we had been told we would be rising around 2,000 meters in the air, and walking the entire day. and walking uphill. we ate our last meal of......Read More

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Jungle Person

Jenny Battye, Participant

Yak of the Week

We didn’t step into the jungle. We were devoured by it. Gunung Leuser National Park in Northern Sumatra is a primary rainforest, so the trees stretch higher than most necks can even crane. Giant Jungle ants creep along graceful Lilliana vines......Read More