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Ooh, I am SO into this series! Next up is my friend Rachel. Rachel is both creative, fun and kind. Everything you want in a friend. She spent the last 3 years living in the Peruvian amazon as an agricultural missionary with Food for the Hungry. Yeah I know, v. cool! She specializes in tropical agricultural and did lots of cool stuff like teach composting classes. When she went she spoke zero spanish. I’m so proud of her! It’s one thing to study abroad for a year like I did in a big city, it’s quite another thing to spend 3+ years in a remote city with 80%+ humidity.
Here’s what Rachel has to say about Peru: I put together a collection of photos from all over Peru since I could not just pick one place. Peru is comprised of 3 regions, the coast, the mountains and the jungle. And the people living in each of these areas think their area is the best. Most Peruvians do not have the opportunity to travel and only know of other parts of Peru by word of mouth. On multiple occasions I would tell people in Lima (on the coast) that I lived in Pucallpa (the jungle) and they almost all responded, “Oh it is very hot there and there are lots of insects.” And I would ask, “Have you been there?” always anxious to meet people who knew the jungle, but they would say “No, no. I have a friend (or a cousin or an uncle’s brother) who visited there.” And yes the jungle was hot and there were lots of insects, but it was also quite beautiful and so very different than the coast. I feel so blessed to have had the time and resources to travel in Peru. There is so much more to see within this tiny country than Machu Picchu. But don’t get me wrong, Machu Picchu is pretty spectacular and the mystery behind it only makes it all the more enticing to see it for yourself. But treasures of beautiful people, fabulous food, wild animals outside your lodgings, motorcycle transport make it a destination well worth a longer visit. I miss Peru and forever it will hold a piece of me. ¡Viva Perú!
Thanks for sharing Rach! To see more pictures of Rachel’s time in Peru as well as her beautiful pictures from the trip we took together to Colombia you can check out her blog here.
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