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Off The Beaten Track, Part 1

Travelling is great. Exploring is as intrinsically human as walking upright and not being able to get out of bed in the morning. But humans are creatures of habit, we know what we like and we like what we know. Perhaps it’s these two counteracting forces that lead to the phenomenon of the ‘tourist trail’ […]

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The Evolution of Project Cordillera

It’s hard to tell what ideas will come to. They normally pop like bubbles on the breeze and disappear as quickly as they arrived. Sitting in a Peruvian cafe with Sam Williams – the co-founder of Project Cordillera – in 2013, the idea to start a social enterprise seemed as innocuous as any other daft […]

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Is there more to spending time outside than exercise and fresh air?

By Josh Davies 54% of humans live in urban environments, a number that is set to continue and steadily increase. There are a lot of benefits to living in the city and arguments both for and against it from an environmental stand point. Whatever your beliefs in this area one key problem that arises from city living is the lack […]

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Yesenia’s Story

By Yesenia Lazaro Roque   In my last five years working at the Yurac Yacu Community Center I’ve contributed to the NGO Andean Alliance as well as other community education projects. Initially, I approached the center in search of English classes. While that wasn’t possible at the time, Andean Alliance suggested I participate in some of their […]

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Research Report: Re-imagining Peru

By Chase Caldwell Smith When I envisioned stepping off the plane into the parched coolness of the Andean dry season, the Peru of my imagination – an exotic jumble of ancient ruins and colonial cathedrals – was foremost in my mind. Peru, as a single word, has the power to conjure up all sorts of mythical […]

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Perú: Mountain Country

Perú: Mountain Country This week marks the publication of Perú: Mountain Country, a bilingual study on the affects of climate change on the Cordilleras of Perú. Produced by Perú’s Ministry of Environment (MINAM), and written in both Spanish and English, the report provides a storyboard capturing how environmental change is affecting the lives of people […]

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44 Years Ago Today – Remembering the Great Peruvian Earthquake

On this day 44 years ago, as people sat down to watch hosts Mexico play the Soviet Union in the opening game of the 1970 World Cup, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of South America. The Great Peruvian Earthquake, as it came to be known, was felt as far away as […]

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Why We Climb: Piolet d’Or Honorees on the Value of a Life in the Mountains

Why We Climb: Piolet d’Or Honorees on the Value of a Life in the Mountains The first night of the 22nd Piolets d’Or, Kazakh climber Denis Urubko summed it up: Mountains (and oceans) are the last wild places on Earth. We go to these places to remember we are humans in nature, to seek lessons from […]

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Mountain tourism in Ancash, Peru

Mountain tourism in Ancash, Peru Just how important is adventure mountain tourism to the local economies of Peru – find out here.

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What We Mean by Social Enterprise

Discover what we mean by social enterprise and why we work “not-for-profit” and “beyond profit” sectors. Often we are asked why we work in the “not-for-profit” and social enterprise sectors. Believe it or not, it is not usually because we are do-gooders who want to change the world for the better – although there is of […]

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