Peru

It was a helluva time bidding farewell to my home and family in Peru. As goodbyes began, so did my process of learning to reconcile life in Peru with life in the States....

Arriving to wooden cabins facing a beautiful, still lake, surrounded by mountains, all while being greeted by the neighbouring community: Welcome to Chahuay! A beautiful, surreal place with many adventurous opportunities!...

It’s not every day you get to experience something utterly surreal. For me, surreal was spending three nights on a boat meandering down the Amazon River, sleeping in a hammock under the stars while watching fireflies dance among the treetops, to eventually arrive at our...

Our journey from Cusco to great ruins of Machu Picchu could be compared to the Andes around us - full of highs and lows, mountain peaks and valleys. The seven-hour bus ride to Hydroelectrico gave us our first glimpses into the unending beauty of the...

Here are a few things you learn your first few days in Cusco: 1) Walking uphill is terrible, especially at 3500m above sea level. 2) Peruvian food is delicious (potatoes and rice? Okay!), and Peruvian liquor is even better (I’m not sure if they sell Pisco in...

Cultural exchange allows tourists to connect with their native host in a significant and meaningful way. Exploring Peru and its multiple cultures has been both challenging and rewarding. As an observant Jew, keeping kosher in Peru has been challenging. ...

You drink coffee. Or the person sitting next to you in the cafe does. Maybe it's a morning ritual, maybe it accompanies your dessert, maybe you're in college and it's essential to your sanity. ...

“Remember, sharing is completely up to you. If you’d like to pass, that’s completely okay,” Steph whispered. She paused for a moment before asking her thought-provoking question: What goals and fears do we have coming into Peru? She then gently placed the carved stick into...

“Sleeping bag?” I asked myself. “Check,” I replied, as I recalled the packing list for the hundredth time. Once I was sure that I had jammed all of the essentials into my backpack, I made my way out to the dining table to meet the rest of...

During our first few days of OG's first ever Explorations at Altitude program, we found ourselves in the office of Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras (DHSF, or Human Rights Without Borders) in Cusco, Peru on May 21. The theme of the program is environmental rights and...

I think we can all admit that when our plane landed in Cusco we were excited, but that initial taxi ride up to the hostel had us re-evaluating our physical and mental strength. It wasn’t even worth counting the number of stairs once we reached...

The third day offered whole new landscapes and climates; glaciers and shivers turned into jungles and dripping beads of sweat....

Did you know that Peru has more than 3,000 different varieties of potatoes, frogs able to suck their eyes into their heads to help them swallow food, and is home to the maca root (a natural Viagra)?...

Sea level. I miss it, how I take it for granted how easy my body is pre-adapted to such an altitude....

In Lima we were also introduced by our group leaders, Gordon and Meg, to ‘Puelas’, meaning a group activity of anything from silly games to deep discussions....