South America

Caring Continues in Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia is  the birthplace of Gabriel García Marquez, Shakira, Sofia Vergara, and John Leguizamo; well-known exports are coffee, emeralds, flowers, and bananas. The country has great geographic and bio-diversity: from Amazon jungles to Andes mountains to Caribbean beaches. More and more people are choosing Colombia as a travel destination, with Cartagena on the list of “must... Continue reading

Riding for a Purpose in Ecuador: Ecuador Freedom Bike Rentals has it ‘Saddlebagged’

  For many, motorcycling is the ideal way to explore a new country. No other means of transportation can get you so deeply immersed into the landscapes, the wildlife, and the local culture. Adventure riding on a motorcycle profoundly connects you with your surroundings—the aromas, local color, vistas, road surfaces and weather can’t be ignored.... Continue reading

Don’s Story

Participants in the class pose with William “Teacher Willie” Puga in front of the Alejandro Alvear School. I am the instructor for a course on the Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador at The College of New Jersey. We just returned from our trip to the Galapagos Islands with Ecoventura Yachts. The 20... Continue reading

Ellie’s Story

My name is Ellie and I am an 11 year old, 6th grade student in Massachusetts. My family and I traveled to the Galapagos Islands over March break in 2015. I was super exited. I had studied about the animals of the Galapagos Islands in school and I wanted to do something to help the... Continue reading

Planes, Trains, and PfaP

From Kenya to Peru, Pack for a Purpose not only has accommodations and tour companies, but transportation options as well. Within the last three months, we were thrilled to add a railroad in Peru, Inca Rail, and an airline in Kenya, Safarilink Aviation Ltd.! If you are traveling to Machu Picchu, Inca Rail offers you... Continue reading

PfaP Travelers Delight DJ School in Brazil

Last month my husband and I did an 18 day cruise from Miami to Rio de Janeiro. We knew we wanted to spend a couple of days in that marvelous city so I did a random search of “things to do” on the computer. Quite by accident, I stumbled upon the “Pack for a Purpose”... Continue reading

Sharon’s Story

This spring NPR aired a story featuring Ms. Rothney and I decided to “pack for a purpose” as I got ready to go to Peru. I chose to take supplies to the very small village of Infierno on the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado on the Tambopata River, a tributary of the Amazon. The residents of... Continue reading

Bountiful Supplies in Brazil

On behalf of Favela Tours, I want to thank Pack for a Purpose as we have had many “Pack for a Purpose travelers” bring in donations that we have distributed to some of our projects. To date since we started receiving guests who bring donations, our total weight is now up to 16.5 kilos of... Continue reading

Danielle’s Story

Reprinted with permission from My Journey Across the World. Dollar Store- $55.50 Walmart- $73.65 GoodWill- $4.99 Costco- $15.05 The Shopping Experience- Priceless Packing for a purpose truly made me appreciate and feel eternally grateful for my ease of obtaining any of these supplies here at home. For most of us, it is as simple as hopping in... Continue reading

Lisa and James’s Story

While preparing for a trip to the Galapagos Islands in January 2013, we combed through details on the Ecoventura website regarding the National Park, activities, accommodations, itinerary and suggestions about what to bring. When we came across Pack For a Purpose, we felt compelled to make our own contributions. My husband and I took two... Continue reading