The Latest On: Peru Travel

Peru 2.0 — Treasures of the North (part 1)

I have created an itinerary intended for people who have visited Peru already, and probably visited the star bucket-list attractions. Based on my travels, I promise that there’s much to be explored in northern Peru. I have led small-group trips to southern Peru since 2012, but am itching to share a few secret places in the north, featuring little-known archeological sites, stunning natural wonders – and adding yet another dimension to Peru’s culinary reputation!

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Progress in Ichupampa

Construction has been progressing extremely well on the Sister Antonia Community Kitchen in Ichupampa. The crews got the foundations in, the first floor walls up, and the second floor poured in record time. We are currently ahead of schedule.

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Colca Christmas Memories

I spent two Christmases in Peru’s Colca valley, and I enjoy revisiting those holiday memories, contrasting them with what I experience at home in Montana. In Chivay, Christmas decorations are almost non-existent, at least outwardly. Many homes and businesses, however, maintain a little home-made nativity scene in a corner, with figurines of wise men and animals. The baby Jesus isn’t present, though, until midnight on Christmas Eve, (“la Noche Buena”), when with some fanfare He is added to the scene.

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The Quechua Benefit Ambassador Program: From Down Under to the Mountain Top (part two)

For the Corani EPD project to succeed in the dual goal of 1) increasing the price of the co-op’s fleece and 2) simultaneously improving the genetics of the member’s alpacas, it needed a micron measurement device. I consulted with Angus McColl of Yocom-McColl Testing Laboratories in Denver, Colorado, who recommended an OFDA 2000, manufactured by BSC Electronics of Australia.

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El Dia de Accion de Gracias

In explaining the holiday, I had translated Thanksgiving literally as “the day to give thanks.” I learned later that it is more traditionally referred to in Spanish as “el día de acción de gracias,” or “the day of putting thanks into action.” That made me hit the “pause” button. “Putting thanks into action?” What might that mean?

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How Vicuña Survived Mankind

The Inca rulers, with their gift for organizing and governing vast territories, elevated the wild vicuña to exclusive status in their empire. The Sun Kings forbade the killing of vicuña. Instead, ceremonial hunts, or chaccus, were held annually. Thirty thousand people would form a half circle, beating drums and chanting, as the vicuña ran before them.

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Peru’s Bucket List Itinerary

Over the years, many people have asked me to create my idea of the perfect trip for a two week visit to Peru. The itinerary below has the common bucket list stop at Machu Picchu, but also includes a more exotic destination: Manú Biosphere Reserve.

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Quechua Benefit: First Responders to Disaster

Thanks to your generosity after the devastating cold snap in Southern Peru, we delivered 2,317 polar fleece jacket and pant sets for children, 1,535 warm blankets, and 5,000 doses of Vitamin C. Additionally, we surpassed our fundraising goal for the Ichupampa Community Kitchen!

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