The company that has gained a reputation for llama trekking in Peru with a purpose has announced a custom eight-day program for small groups of six to 10 surf aficionados that visits Lima and the north coast of Peru, a region known for its perfect waves.
The per person (double occupancy) rate of $3,500 is for a group of 8 to 10 for trips in 2012. Those requesting a single room pay an extra $500. Included are accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, carbon-offsetting for included flights, English-speaking guides, some meals and shuttles as required by the itinerary. Optional activities (for an extra fee) include surfing lessons with the former street kids, raft fishing, horseback riding and zip lining.
Through the non-profit organization Casa Generacion http://www.casageneracion.org/
A portion of the tour fees are donated to Casa Generacion’s safehome for kids in San Bartolo. Since its inception in 2005 it has now grown into a home with about 20 children. The children are not only given the opportunity to attend local schools, but within the house there are also weekly music and art classes. Because San Bartolo lies right on the beach, surfing has also become a huge part of the culture of this home.
“A chance encounter with local surfers near the San Bartolo safehome introduced a few of the kids to the surfing life and a phenomenal change took place,” explains Llama Expeditions founder Diane Valenti. “Suddenly hardened street kids were riding the waves, connecting with a natural world they had never known. As the purifying salt water washes over them, these street kids are finding in themselves a new capacity for achievement.”
Valenti cites one of many success stories. “Yeferson Bellido, who a few years ago was begging on the streets of Lima is now a regular at national surfing competitions, recently ranking fifth in the nation. This now-champion surfer is in college studying architecture.”
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About Llama Expeditions
Entrepreneur and outdoorswoman Diane Valenti hatched the idea for her company in 2008 over a home-cooked chicken dinner at close to 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. She has been able to apply her over 20 years as a business consultant working with clients such as Genentech, Nike, and Starbucks Coffee Company to her enterprise that goes beyond just ordinary tourism.
Llama Expeditions tours offer full cultural immersion giving guests the opportunity to see how Peruvians really live—to talk with them about their dreams and accomplishments and to learn about the challenges they face. Interactions with carefully selected nonprofit and grassroots organizations are also woven into the itinerary when possible giving participants the chance to experience the difference gifts of healthy food, school supplies, clothing, or sunglasses can make in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
Looking to the future Llama Expeditions anticipates investigating new and rewarding llama trekking options and local community relationships in other locations of the Peruvian Andes and beyond.
Llama Expeditions is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the International Ecotourism Society.
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