The PachaMama Project – Update

The PachaMama Project is launching today! Way back during our South American adventures, we not only discovered the amazing lands and people of this stunning continent, but we also got to know a bit about their arts, culture and traditions. That’s where the idea of our new venture The PachaMama Project started. Pachamama is the … Continue reading

Enchanting Encarnación and its Crazy Carnaval

Paraguay’s enchanting city of Encarnacíon is the capital of the department of Itapúa, on the country’s south east border with Argentina. We arrived in Encarnacíon after sadly leaving Ecuador, and spending a couple of days in Asuncíon, Paraguay’s capital. The city, according to the 2002 census, which is divided from Argentina’s Posadas by the great … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part III

Earlier on in the week Ramiro had talked to us about a photography competition he was running in Napo. The prize was a handmade, artisanal necklace and a daytrip to one of the regions’ tourism gems – Cascada Pimpilala. By the end of the week, he had chosen his winner and invited us to come … Continue reading

10 Observations of Life in Intag

We came, we saw, we conquered (or not quite!) but sadly our time in Cuellaje has come to an end. We met some of the loveliest people so far on our trip here, played games with the kiddies, got to know the local customs, the food and get accustomed to waking up while the sky … Continue reading

Sugar, No Spice and All Things Rice – Last Weeks in Cuellaje

They don’t call it rainy season for nothing! Life and work in Cuellaje has been progressing, albeit at snail’s pace, bogged down with heavy rainfall, the occasional landslide, and well just lifestyle in general in this corner of the world. The South Americans aren’t known for their exceptional organisational and time management skills, and in … Continue reading

Exploring the Ancient Adobe City of Chan Chan

In northern Peru, half way between the Pacific Coast and Trujillo is the largest pre-Colombian adobe city in the world, Chan Chan. The city, which dates back to approximately 850 A.D, was the administrative, religious and political capital of the Chimu State. At its height the city covered more than 20 km of sacred and … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Rethink your Decision to Volunteer Overseas

To be a Voluntourist or not to be a Voluntourist?…That is the Ethical Question “Voluntourism is a balanced engagement alternating between voluntary service and tourism activities allows for a reciprocal relationship with communities. Residents who may be recipients of voluntary service are able to return that service by sharing their destination with visitors via exposure to the arts, … Continue reading

Rural Tourism In Peru – Visiting the Indigenous Towns of Pisac and Chinchero

Peru’s Sacred Valley is an offbeat traveller’s nightmare. Everywhere you look it is aimed at tourism, and often overrun by tourists and expats. In fact, there are few places in Peru untouched by the tourist footprint. Deep in the Peruvian Amazon there still exist indigenous communities that live like they have done for thousands of … Continue reading

From Bean to Bar – Organic Chocolate-Making Workshop in Cusco

Travelling in a foreign country it’s always good to try the local produce. When it comes to delicious local produce, what’s better than chocolate? Nothing, it seems. Apparently the Aztecs, Mayans, Spanish, Irish and Dutch thought so too. All the better when it helps local farmers. I’ve always wanted to learn more about cocoa and the … Continue reading

Sweet as Sucre

Sucre it seems for many travellers is a place to relax in the middle of the madness and mayhem that is Bolivia. For us, it was just that, and a good place to catch up on r’n’r, eat good food and soak up the Bolivian vibe without being thrown into chaos. As put in the … Continue reading

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