South America Projects

South America is a region of spectacular contrasts with rich culture, sandy beaches, lush rainforests, snow-capped mountains and vibrant cities. From the ancient Incan ruins of the Andes and the palm-fringed beaches of Brazil, to the blue-white glaciers of Patagonia, South America is one of the most intriguing and beautiful regions on earth. 

Despite all its natural riches, the reality is that a vast portion of South America's population lives below the poverty line.  Major issues affecting South American countries include the inability to afford education past the primary level, limited access to healthcare, and large populations of children who live and work on the streets. There is also a need for more environmental and wildlife conservation programs, as well as initiatives that provide effective tools to help communities lift themselves out of poverty.

In response to these issues, Planeterra has partnered with communities across South America to support local efforts and help break the cycle of poverty.

South America Projects
"Parwa" Sacred Valley Community Restaurant

"Parwa" Sacred Valley Community Restaurant  ›

Sacred Valley, Peru

Planeterra worked with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank on a suite of projects in four countries including Peru. In the Sacred Valley we developed a... Read More ›

Lares Valley Community Campsite

Lares Valley Community Campsite  ›

Lares Valley, Peru

Planeterra worked with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank on a suite of projects in four countries including Peru. In the Lares Valley we developed a... Read More ›

Colombia Lost City Indigenous Tourism Project

Colombia Lost City Indigenous Tourism Project ›

Santa Marta, Colombia

Planeterra and G Adventures are working with the Wiwa people of Teyuna, the Lost City of Colombia, to assist with capacity building and training of indigenous-owned tourism businesses along the... Read More ›

Galapagos Community Tourism

Galapagos Community Tourism  ›

Floreana Island, Galapagos

We are kickstarting a community-based tourism enterprise on Floreana with local partner, Waponi, to ensure the residents of the island have control over the experiences and can better preserve their... Read More ›

Peru Women's Weaving Co-op

Peru Women's Weaving Co-op  ›

Sacred Valley, Peru

Despite close vicinity to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, very few communities from the surrounding countryside benefit from tourism. Your support will help improve lives in this community of women weavers... Read More ›

Cuzco At-Risk Youth Centre

Cuzco At-Risk Youth Centre ›

Cuzco, Peru

Once considered the heart of the Inca Empire, Cuzco is now a tourism Mecca where you will see children either working or begging on the streets. We purchased a permanent... Read More ›

Inca Trail Biodegradable Products

Inca Trail Biodegradable Products ›

Cuzco, Peru

The thousands of visitors who trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu each year leave more than just their footprints behind. Tourist-trade pollution is a serious threat to this delicate... Read More ›