Category: Peru

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Huanchaco, Trujillo and the Festival de la Marinera

Welcome to Trujillo, the city of everlasting spring. 32ºC, it feels like the hottest of summers here. The bus from Naranjos arrived at 11 AM after making a stop in Chiclayo. My nostrils got...

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Floating Thoughts: the Boat Trip to Iquitos

Lying in my hammock, I look at two kids swinging in theirs. He’s just a toddler and is wearing a funny overall; his older sister’s long black pony tails are moving following the rhythm...

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The Real Jungle Experience: Around Yurimaguas

I thought I had come to Yurimaguas only to spend a night before catching the boat to Iquitos and, again, I was wrong. We made a cool group here. Maruan, Edera and Leonardo from...

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San Martín: Moyobamba and Tarapoto

The department of San Martín welcomed me with muggy weather. There is a sudden change you can’t help but notice when traveling from sierra (the mountains) to selva (the jungle), and it’s not only the weather....

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The Singing Cricket

The cricket sang last night. They say it’s a sign of departure, and here I am, getting ready to leave. Ready to wear my backpack again, and to leave the region of Cajamarca after...

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Leymebamba: La Congona and Prince Charming

Waiting for the already half an hour late 8.30 AM combi from Celendín to Leymebamba, I was feeling sorry for the three chickens unmercifully zipped inside a bag and placed on the roof of the bus....

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Missing: Christmas Spirit

Here comes that time of the year when my Facebook home page starts to get filled with pictures of Christmas trees, red Santa hats, and the first snow. I see you’re all flying back home to...

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Granja Porcón: an Example of Rural Tourism

With the Land Reform Act of 1969, the Peruvian government sought to transform the country’s land-tenure structure by redistributing the rural land. The Decree Law 17716 by General Juan Velasco Alvarado established that the...

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Chachapoyas and Around: a First Taste of the Selva

The colectivo from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas plays a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, “The Bucket List”. Sitting next to me, Chris asks what I have in my bucket list. I couldn’t think of...

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Cumbemayo: where Nature and Technology Meet

Yesterday I accompanied the volunteers on a trip to Cumbemayo. 3550 MASL and 20 km Southwest of Cajamarca, Cumbemayo is thought to be one of the oldest man-made structures in South America. Its name,...