The Latest On: Peru Travel

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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The Beauty of the Colca

It was never my intention to become an international adventure travel guide. I owned an independent bookstore for 23 years, for crying out loud, I’m not Indiana Jones, but here I am, about to guide my fourth group of visitors to Peru’s Colca valley.

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Join us on the upcoming Peru Tour!

Join us for an opportunity for 30 lucky adventure-minded travelers to extend further into the landscape and the natural habitat of alpacas and the people who have nurtured these incredible creatures for countless years. We only have 4 open seats, so don’t delay!

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Faces of Casa Chapi

I’m thrilled to post the first post in our new blog series, Faces of Peru. Each week, I’ll be posting a set of five portraits around a central theme. I hope you enjoy these photos of radiant Casa Chapi students!

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No progress in rebuilding in the villages of Caylloma

“A month after the tragedy, almost 90% of victims are still living precariously in tents, exposed to the cold and prone to illness, and the Central Government has not planned effective action for rehabilitation, and, above all, has not guaranteed the necessary resources,” stressed Arequipa Congressman Apaza Ordonez.

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Ichupampa Community Kitchen, Update 4

So far, we have raised $35,620 toward the $70,000 needed to build a new kitchen for the people of Ichupampa. Mayor Paricela, the Elderly Association, and the group managing the previous kitchen all identified this project as their number one priority.

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Ichupampa Community Kitchen, Update 3

The August 15th earthquake in Peru reduced Ichupampa to rubble. Quechua Benefit recently met with the parish priest and the town’s new mayor, whose heart aches for the people she was recently elected to lead. She identified Ichupampa’s greatest need – to rebuild the community kitchen that had been serving its community for many years.

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Ichupampa Earthquake Relief, Update 2

Quechua Benefit has identified a major project in the center of Ichupampa, which is to rebuild the Community Kitchen which was destroyed by the earthquake. The Mayor asked if we could take responsibility for the financing and construction of the building. We are asking for your help to make this possible!

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QB Volunteer gives aid to disaster victims

From Peru’s Diario Correo: The 47 students of the primary school San Antonia received blankets so that they could protect themselves from the harsh cold that effects the Colca Valley. The donation was made by the non-governmental entity Quechua Benefit of the United States.

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Ichupampa Earthquake Relief, Update 1

The Colca Valley was hit by a 5.4 earthquake whose epicenter was 15 minutes from Casa Chapi. As fate would have it, the quake virtually destroyed the poorest community in the valley — Ichupampa. This small village’s population includes a disproportionate share of elderly people. Eighty percent of the homes and buildings in the town were destroyed. There is no running water, sewer, or shelter for the homeless.

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