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I hatched the idea for Llama Expeditions over a home-cooked chicken dinner at close to 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes.
I was on a backpacking trip with friends. Our group had hired a local campesino, Antonio, to carry our heavy items on his horse and mule.
The first night we didn’t make it as far as we had planned because I was struggling with the altitude. At nearly 14,000 feet, I could only manage a few steps at a time before I had to stop to catch my breath. So, we ended up camping on the farm where Antonio lived with his family.
From what I could tell Antonio and his family didn’t have heat, electricity, or running water in their one-room home. Yet, in spite of their meager circumstances, on that cold and starry night, Antonio and his wife killed a chicken and cooked us a delicious dinner.
This incredible act of generosity stunned me. Here were people who appeared to have so little, sharing so much. In fact, this kind of generosity is something I’ve seen again and again during my travels. It is a necessity. In countries where much of the population lives in conditions of crushing poverty and where no governmental safety net exists, people rely on the generosity of others.
So, when I started Llama Expeditions, I decided that I wanted to provide more than a check-it-off-the-bucket-list experience. Instead, our trips give you the opportunity to connect with and be inspired by ordinary people who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
You have a chance to learn about what they are doing, why they started, and how they continue in spite of what, at times, seem like insurmountable obstacles. And, you have a chance to join me in supporting their work by making a philanthropic donation during or after the trip, or returning to serve as a volunteer.
Our adventures are also designed to include the best of what a particular country has to offer along with off-the-beaten-path experiences that give you a chance to really see how locals live.
I invite you to join us on a Llama Expedition that changes lives—your life and the lives of the people you meet.