The trip is over, and I can’t help feeling that sitting in bed whilst typing this up kind of defeats the point of ‘blogging in the moment’. Oh well. Here goes the last week… The others decided that they would go on the Salkantay trek. Katie and I weren’t feeling it and stayed behind in… Read More


It’s been an amazing two weeks in the Sacred Valley. We’ve stayed in a community called Janac Chuquibamba with five wonderful families. My Dad’s parting advice to buy any clothes the community members were wearing on grounds of practicality proved useless: they gave us each a red poncho in a ceremony involving music, dancing, and… Read More


After Puno we all crammed into a Minivan for the trip out onto the Chucuito peninsula and our second project: Karina. We are housed by two siblings, Orlando and Beatriz. Beatriz’ husband was killed in a taxi accident and so valued us hugely for the effort we can put into helping her farm: picking potatoes,… Read More


When we left off I had just crested the top of the Colca Canyon: from there it was yet another bus ride first to the bus centre in Chivay, then on to Arequipa. The night life, WiFi, cheap water and sweets refreshed us for the night bus east to Lake Titicaca and Puno. Puno’s overcast… Read More


I hate Snickers bars. Offer me one in the UK and I will instantly refuse, regardless of exhaustion or hunger. Today, at the top of the toughest mountain trek of my life, the Snickers and banana my  companion Marvin bought me was like mana from heaven. Let me start from the beginning of the week…… Read More


PHEW! What a week! The time in Arequipa has flown by. We arrived after just under 24 hours of travelling and were greeted by Maria and Alejandro: the project leads for Ecuador and Peru. After eating Papa John’s in Bogota airport, the first dinner was very welcome! We are staying in the bustling centre of… Read More


My name is Patrick Walker, and I’m 19. I’m on a gap year before I go to York to study Politics and International Relations. I’m trying to use this time to travel to places and do things that I’d never get to do in later life: an opportunity to try some really new experiences.  … Read More