The Backpacker's Way - a journey of transformation

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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,...

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The Guinea Pig Festival

It looks like in Europe there are two things people know about Peru: that Machu Picchu is there and that people eat guinea pig. If you are not among those who do know it,...

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PRONOEI Mayopata

Today I went to visit one of our projects in Baños del Inca, Peru: the PRONOEI Mayopata. A Programa no escolarizado de Educación Inicial (PRONOEI) offers an alternative to those children who do not have...

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The Trip of a Lifetime – the Beginning

The trip of a lifetime has just started, and I can’t wait to get the full taste of it. I’m writing now from my room in Baños del Inca, where I’m still trying to...

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To the End

DAY 31: July 3rd, 2014. Monte do Gozo – Santiago de Compostela, 5 km José woke me up at 6 AM telling me that our clothes are locked in the laundry, that would only open at...

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Buen Camino

DAY 29, July 1st, 2014. Palas de Rei– Arzúa, 28.8 km It was time to go back to walking, and especially to say goodbye to Houliane. “I will become the best doctor”, she told...