“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


On Sept 5, 2012, I flew from Houston to Lima, Peru. From there I was driven to Chaclacayo to Villa La Paz (Home of Peace) which is actually a home for destitute and sick children. Also called the Hogar San Francisco De Asis, the children who reside here are accepted based on need. The most frequent diagnosis of the children is of illness due to poverty: tuberculosis, chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, parasitoids and chronic respiratory diseases. There are also children with cleft palate, congenital malformations and other surgical conditions. The Hogar seeks to enrich the lives & enhance the physical, emotional, social & intellectual well-being of physically and mentally challenged children living in Peru. During my brief stay, I hope I was able to bring laughter and love to their hearts, I know they did to mine. Here is a slide show of some of the faces of Hogar from that journey. Click the arrow.




This is a Sanctuary where you have absolute respect for the environment while hiking around it - Breath taking views. There are no services in Machupicchu (including restrooms) and nothing to buy. It is a place to “be”.