Often I go back to the date of September 13th, 2007 as the birth of the Karikuy Organization, that’s when the original website launched under our previous name of Manchakuy. Since then I have been blogging annually about the organization and the progress we’ve been making with our programs. So you guessed it! this is one of those posts and below you can read about each one of our programs and where they are at right now. You will also read about some new programs and how you can help in achieving our most important goals. So Happy New Year from Karikuy, we see a bright future ahead for the organization, we hope you can join us for the ride!
– Julio Cesar Tello, Karikuy Founder
This year we will be including dozens of tours that have yet to be uploaded to our website. In addition to our 50+ tours you will see destinations such as Huaraz, Puno, Iquitos, Arequipa, Ica, Trujillo and more added to our catalog. The truth is we already offer tours in these locations, we have since 2007, it’s just that it takes time to upload all the information up to the site. We will be taking the entire month of February to upload all the new tours as well as updated pricing for 2010. We remain dedicated to our guests as we continue to offer very affordable tours and full customization of tour on your schedule. We hope that you will lets us be your hosts as we show you the amazing country of Peru. We also want you to know that your business helps with the success of our many projects which you can read about below.
To date we have raised more then $340 dollars to send porters to Machu Picchu. These same porters have helped countless tourists reach Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and amazingly have never been inside the site itself due to the high cost. In 2010 we plan to send our first two porters to explore the citadel for themselves. Our Machu Picchu Contest winners will accompany the porters on their visit so we can read about and appreciate their experience, but most importantly help raise money for more porters to visit Machu Picchu. It may not seem like such a big deal until you have hiked the Inca Trail yourself and seen the amazing feat that this real life supermen do on a weekly basis. For all those who have hiked the Inca Trail this is a great way to give back to the porters who made the hike such an enjoyable experience.
We’ve been working hard to gather donations for this project and amazingly have seen very little interest in it. You would think that helping children who are on the verge of death would be a priority for any human being. Unfortunately the topic has gone ignored for too long and so in 2010 we will be paying more attention to inform the public about the decreasing temperatures in the Andes throughout Peru and not just Puno. With the help of our volunteers we plan to make a short documentary on the topic and provide more information on the Project Animu page to increase interest in donations. Our goal of course is still to accumulate enough donations to send our first load of warm clothes to the children of the Altiplano. We also look to make alliances with charities to help us in our cause as well as find means through technology to provide warmth for the people of the Andes. Whether the changing climate is due to Global Warming or not, the topic should not be ignored or we are condemn future generations to freeze to death.
Our volunteer program returns in 2010 for a whole new season of discovery and participation. In addition to writing, this year volunteers will help out with our current projects such as the Karikuy-Haugen fund and Project Animu. We will also be laying down the framework for projects in 2011 which includes our Free English Language School as well as the expansion of the Karikuy Bed & Breakfast as the permanent home of the Karikuy volunteers. Click on this link to read more about the volunteer program and to submit an application.
Project Bintu (Wind)
This is our newest and most ambitious project. The goal is to manufacture affordable wind turbines to generate power, these turbines would be small and cost efficient, mounted on the roofs of homes and businesses beginning in Lima (which is a very windy city). In 2010 we will be recruiting engineers as volunteers to begin work on the project using modern technology and everyday tools. This will not only release Peruvians from paying high energy prices but will eliminate the dependence on fossil fuels and use of the energy grid. If you would like to help, again fill out an application to our volunteer program and help bring change to Lima.
Tariy 2010 – The Amazon
Every year I head off on some ridiculous adventure to find the best of Peru in locations you wouldn’t find in the guidebooks. This year I will be heading off to the Amazon Jungle, it will be a long dangerous trip by land from Lima to Iquitos. I will undoubtedly visit backwater towns and eat insects the size of guinea pigs all for your reading and viewing pleasure of course. I am in the process of planning the trip which I might take with some volunteers. You can get the latest information on this adventure by subscribing to our blog where all the post will be made, with updates on our Twitter and mailing list. And hey if you even want to join me that can be set up, just remember Tariy trips are anything goes. For Tariy 2008 & 2009 posts visit the Karikuy blog and search Tariy.