Peru and YOU: How Tourism Benefits Local Economy

One of the things that continues to impress me about Peru, even more so than the beautiful cities and sites it has to offer, is the fact that tourism has such a large impact on the community. Unlike some of my previous experiences abroad, I feel like the money I spend traveling here actually goes to people who need it, rather than to large money-hungry tourist agencies.

There have been several moments over the course of my stay that have really demonstrated the importance of tourism in Peru, and I’d like to share those here. [Continue reading…]

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Spirited Away, Huaraz!

After just a couple of days of plopping around in front of a huge TV with Wii, paused by a little research on the net, going through the local market with Kate who introduced me to my first awesome Manjar Blanco filled Churro, and meeting the Hamburger man with Julio, Kate and I planned a spur of the moment travel to Hauraz, a beautiful place about four hundred kilometers north of Lima situated between the magnificent Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra. [Continue reading…]

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Me vs. The Pastoruri Glacier

Semi-stuffed on mediocre tasting empanadas de queso and carne, the gang and I stood on the corner of Huaraz’s busy Luzuriaga street awaiting our early morning pick-up. We were on the road to Pastoruri, a tall, tropical glacier that soars 17,000 feet in the Cordillera Blanca. [Continue reading…]

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Huaraz and the Andes

Huaraz and the surrounding area is full of rich culture and the sad past of a massive and destructive avalache causing earthquake which destroyed the town of Ancash. The second day trip taken while staying at the Monte Blanco Hotel, 80 soles a night for a double, was to see the Pastoruri Glacier which has an altitude of 15 thousand feet. Although the deteriorating glacier is the pièce de résistance, my interest lied in the ride filled with the view of the Andes approaching and interesting plants with stories and medicinal uses. [Continue reading…]

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Campo Santo: A Garden of the Past

Amongst all the excitement we volunteers experienced this week in Huaraz, there was a moment of reflection and composure as we entered the memorial site of Campo Santo. To the back of the site lies Mount Huascaran standing at 22,205 feet above sea level in the region of Ancash. The mountain is Peru’s highest and is part of the Cordillera Blanca, or “white range” in the Huascaran National Park. [Continue reading…]

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