Hi all! I’m currently writing from the hostel in Puno. We’ve come back here after 3 days on the Karina project to do laundry and run errands. This past week, we arrived in Puno on Monday. Then on Tuesday, we did some tourist stuff, visiting the Uros Islands and Taquile, which is a peninsula. The… Read More


It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Peru for a week. It feels like only yesterday that we were jet-laggedly meeting at the hostel in Arequipa for the first time. We’ve done a lot of exploring of the area around the square, and eaten lots of yummy food. The trout I had at… Read More


Melbourne. LA. San Jose. Santa Teresa. After 48hrs of travelling I finally arrived at Jakera to be greeted by the thick Scottish accent of Chris, who runs this jungle paradise. Next comes the introduction to my group, which played out not too dissimilar to that scene in The Sound of Music. First the three Dutchmen… Read More


Hi! My name is Aela, I’m 19, from the United States, and I’m super excited to go on the April trip to Peru. I decided to take a gap year between high school and college to take a little break from the stresses of school and because I haven’t really gotten a chance to do… Read More


Words can’t describe this magical place. It’s like no other place I’ve ever been to: the never ending sound of the jungle; the incredible wildlife that we’ve been constantly surrounded by; the immensely tall trees and the beautiful River Napo running right past where we’ve been staying – The Gaia Amazon Eco Lodge. We began… Read More


So this week we started with an early morning road trip to Monteverde. It was a treacherous journey. 3 hours on the mini bus and then a ferry ride and then another 3 hours on the mini bus again. Everyone was very tired when we arrived in Monteverde but we were all blown away by… Read More


Our long weekend of island hopping ended with a day and a half on the beautiful island of Santa Cruz, where we did the land lava tunnels, which was inside of a giant tortoise reserve. It was incredible to see such old formations that were created from molten lava! And the tortoises are just adorable… Read More


Well on Monday, we had volunteering as usual which was just doing touch ups to signs and then we had our Spanish lessons. In the evening me and my friend Katie decided to do horse riding. It was for 2 hours and we went up in to the mountains and then on to the beach.… Read More


We’ve found paradise. Genuine paradise. Glorious beaches with the bluest, most crystal clear sea that I’ve ever seen; filled with the friendliest animals such as sea lions, fish and of course the infamous green sea turtles. We’ve been staying at the Hacienda Tranquila, which is in a beautiful spot with giant tortoises that we’ve been… Read More