Posts Tagged ‘Peru’

January 29, 2014

The Power of Soccer Balls


The soccer balls arrive in Peru!


Soccer is a universal game around the world; we see it everywhere we go.  Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Brazil – soccer is a language that needs no translation. (In Tanzania the kids often use an old balled up sock for a ball, and even barefoot they can score the heck out of the American kids).  So it is no wonder when guests of Thomson Family Adventures traveled to Peru in August they saw a huge need for decent equipment.

On their return to Maryland, Karen Druffel and the Elkridge Youth Organization (EYO Sports)  began a fun project to deliver their generous donations to the village they visited. Due to issues of customs and taxes we knew we couldn’t just send 10 soccer balls in one batch – and so we parcelled them out to our future travelers to take them in suitcases  to our local colleagues in Peru, who then took them to the kids. Thank you to everyone for your part in this glorious gift of generosity.

See their joy!




January 21, 2011

Quinoa and Peru

No matter how many times you see it, this is amazing

Machu Picchu. Yes, it is amazing

KEEN-WAH. Yes, that’s how you pronounce QUINOA and if you are not yet familiar with this super food, let us tell you about it. Quinoa is gluten free and wheat free, and is very high in protein – and a complete protein at that. It’s a hardy grain-like plant with tasty nutritious seeds that are easily cooked like rice or couscous. Here is one of my favorite quinoa recipes .

OK, how does this relate to family adventure you might ask? Well quinoa, along with corn and potatoes, was a staple food of the Incas (who considered quinoa to be sacred) and is still a staple in Peru. And Peru happens to be one of my favorite places on this earth.

2011 is a big year for Peru, as it marks the centenary of Hiram Bingham’s ‘discovery’ of Machu Picchu. Admittedly many knew of its existence before him – but he was the one who brought this to the world. On July 24, 1911 he climbed up from his camp at Mandorpampa to discover for himself these magnificent ruins that he was really not so interested in until he saw them – and became inspired. He writes: “In the variety of its charms the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it.”

This will be true of most people arriving at Machu Picchu for the first time (or maybe even the second and third!) You know about it, you’ve seen photos – but you can’t quite imagine the reality of it. It is simply breathtaking.

I was lucky enough to see these ruins (can we really call them “ruins”????) up close and front on, but also from a unique back-view on an awesome trek. No, not the “Inca Trail Trek” as you know it (crowded! Littered! Hard to get permits!) – but something really special. Let me know if you want to know more about this.

So come this summer, at the 100th anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s discovery. Summer 2011 is a great time to reflect on the explorers of the olden days, while doing some exploring of your own.

Oh, by the way… you’ll find quinoa in Ecuador too, another amazing spot to visit….

January 28, 2010

Heading to Peru soon? Here is what we are thinking…

I am writing to you to provide you an update on a weather situation in
Peru that is currently impacting the Cuzco and Machu Picchu areas.
Earlier this week the region had three days of non-stop heavy rain. It
is normal to get rains in the January and February period but these
rains were beyond what they’ve seen in 15 years. The flooding from
these rains has caused damage to the infrastructure in the area and
mudslides on the train tracks to Machu Picchu. The trains connect Cuzco
to Machu Picchu so the rains have stranded many tourists in Aguas
Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. As of this morning many
of these tourists have been taken out of Aguas Calientes by helicopter
but there are a lot more to evacuate.

As of now our expectation is that by March/April the conditions in the
region will have improved and we will be able to run your adventure.
Once the rains subside there will be evaluations of the damage, work
begun to fix what needs to be fixed and alternative routes developed
where necessary. Peru is accustomed to dealing with heavy rains and
flooding and we expect that they will be able to this year as well.
Since our first priority is your safety we are monitoring the situation
daily with reports from Cuzco. If in the next month the damage is
such that your trip can’t be run safely then we will take the necessary

Please feel free to call us if you have questions.


Jim Kackley
General Manager
Thomson Family Adventures