South America

After our time in Lima, it felt as though we've known each other for years considering everything we've already done together.  A group of twelve seemed like the perfect number.  If we weren’t well acquainted before the twenty-two hour bus ride to Cusco, we definitely...

Hola! So, it's day four of Body and Mind Peru, and we're just getting revved up! All of our group got here by Monday morning and we set off on a Biking Tour of the coast of Lima. All I can say is wow. I've never...

From the Amazon of the north down to the southern Andes, in the past two weeks we have literally crossed the entirety of Peru in preparation for Operation Groundswell's second year in this incredible country. Bridging on our success from last year, we anxiously await...

Coming off of our incredibly successful inaugural trip, OG Peru Winter Break 2011 has come to a close, but this certainly isn't the end! In only two weeks we did and saw more than anyone could have imagined and can't wait to share it all...

Music beats from moto-taxis entangle with the distant barks of dogs in another warm Peruvian summer night. Just a few hours ago, we have watched a breathtakingly beautiful sunset at the penthouse of the Pisco Sin Fronteras (PSF) compound, which we have called home for...

Written by Emily O´Brien, University of Guelph, Dedicated OGer since December 26th 2011! After fully recovering from the grueling, yet amazingly epic trek through the Colca Canyon, us OGers were ready for our next stop in the town of Pîsco. Although we were excited...

Greetings from Peru! This blog post comes to all our friends and family a bit later than planned and we apologize: We were too busy conquering THE WORLD´S DEEPEST CANYON!! After three days trekking through the Colca Canyon, the OG Peru Winter Break crew has arrived...

It's only been eight days since the Amazon Adventure Crew parted ways in Lima, but if we learned one thing on this trip, it's how much can happen in that short amount of time. A water tank can be built in an Amazonian village. That same...

This morning, amid rainshowers and throngs of excited children, the last rope was fastened in a playground in a small barrio outside the jungle capital, Iquitos. The Amazon Adventure crew has worked hard, and even sacrificed their own Independant Travel Time, to finish this last...

Everything really does happen for a reason. It may sound cliché but on our second to last night in the Amazon, the crew is realizing that the old saying is so true. Yesterday was our first day back in the city of Iquitos after eight days working off the...

Dear OGers-- The illustrious Peru: Amazon Adventure team has headed deep into the jungle for the week, venturing where no cell phone service or internet provider has gone before.  This leaves me with the exciting opportunity to write a blog for them, keeping y'all up to...

Okay, so about two weeks ago my journey in Peru began. It all started at the Lima airport where I was happily welcomed by Jonah and Laura. Next came the rest of the group members on the trip who, as I type this I am...

So, I have been in Peru for about two weeks now, but it feels like much longer. The rooster outside is starting to feel like the family dog, and I´d wayyy rather have condiments out of a bag. I also can´t imagine driving in anything other than...

Welcome to the Peru Amazon Adventure blog! After numerous trips to the airport, all 12 members of the Amazon Adventure team are safely here in Lima. Arriving late at night, the group got right into the swing of things with an introductory game of Samurai, began...

Greetings blog followers, It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you that OG Peru Disaster Relief 2011 is now officially over. All participants have returned home to the luxuries of green grass, toilets with seats and warm showers. While they may appreciate finally being...