CONGRATULATIONS to all the Challengers on our first six Charity Challenges of 2011, biking from Guatemala to Honduras, the inaugural Nicaragua Volcano Challenge, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina Challenge , Guatemala's first Caribbean Kayak Challenge, Perú´s Cerani Pass and Ecuador's Volcano Challenge. Nicaragua's second volcano Challenge is set for 3rd-6th November and the third Guatemala Volcano Challenge dates are set for 27th November -2nd December.

Click on the following for our most recent official project reports for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Perú and Brazil.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Atacama Challenge in Perú

It's almost time for our first GVI Phoenix Charity Challenge of 2012 to being in Perú! It's now less than a month away and we need to begin preparing. From February 17-18, twelve participants will hike along Peru's Pacific coast. So what's the real Challenge? Walking about 28 kilometers (17 miles) in 2 days though the Atacamba Desert, the driest place on Earth, in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (100 F).

Day 1: Leave Arequipa at 4:00am until reaching Quilca on the coast. After a 16-kilometer hike, we will arrive at the “S” Cove where we will eat lunch. We will then continue our hike for another 8 kilometers, or about 2.5 hours where we will arrive at our campsite for the night at the Cove of Honoratos at about 6pm.

Day 2: After breakfast, we will begin hiking again for about 4 kilometers to arrive at the Punto de Hornillos Natural Reserve. We will then return to Honoratos and get on a fishing boat that will take us to the small island of Punta Hornillos where we can appreciate sea lions in their natural habitat. We will continue in the boat until Quilca and then return back to Arequipa at about 5pm.

Ok, so now THIS is a Challenge!


How does GVI Phoenix make a difference?

The following film was made in Guatemala, though the message is the same across all GVI Phoenix projects