06 Mar The Treasures of Peru’s Amazon
Written by Lynn Panepinto, Peru Amazon Adventure Program Leader.
Peru is an incredibly diverse country: from its scenic coastline to the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains to the lush Amazon jungle, there is truly something for everyone. We would recommend seeing a bit of each region, but for now, we’d like to focus on the wonder that is the Amazon.
Many people have probably heard stories about the many treasures that can be found in this particular part of the world and have conjured up images of what it could be like to spend time in a place that is so rich in culture. But the truth is, few people actually experience it. In typical OG style, we like to take it a step further and consider the beautiful, unique ways in which we can arrive to Iquitos, the heart of the Amazon.
Asociación Mayantú is a group of students and graduates from the Amazonian University who have come together to educate those who reside in the rain forest and fight the large corporations that try to exploit the people and natural resources. Kallpa is a non-governmental organization that works to improve the lives of Peruvians all across the country, and the branch in Iquitos maintains a very strong relationship with the Amazonian communities. We have had the opportunity to collaborate with both Mayantú and Kallpa on a variety of projects, from playground construction and maintenance to building a retention wall in a community at high risk for flooding. We are looking forward to all that we can learn and accomplish together with our partners and friends in Iquitos.