The Backpacker's Way - a journey of transformation

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When Saudade Surprises You

For months, I’d been reading travel blogs and I’d been envying all those people who quit their jobs to travel. For months, I’d spent evenings watching travel movies and entire week-ends reading travel books....

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Carnival in the Highlands

There is one festivity that we Italians know how to celebrate: Carnival. Whether we are talking about the elegant masks in Venice or the satirical floats in Viareggio, Carnival in Italy is COOL. Even though...

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Amor Serrano: Machismo in Peru

When choosing to come to Peru, not only was I expecting long black braids, colorful fabrics and Andean music. I was also expecting a good doses of sexism. Every day, I’m ready to answer...

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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...