Chachapoyas, the Gate to the Amazon Basin, the high jungle (selva alta) which combines features of jungle and mountains, will stun you with its natural beauty and history. Even at times of Covid, it offers adventures that will take you trekking to the 16th highest waterfall in the world, Gocta, and various lagoons, to the Quiocta cavern which you need to explore with a torch and in rubber boots, to the 2.5 metres high Sarcophagi of Carajía, to the Kuélap fortress and much more.
While I spent the New Year´s Eve of 2019 at one of the Peruvian beaches in the real party mode, I have chosen something completely different for 2020 – an intimate, rustic and peaceful atmosphere of the organic boutique hotel and restaurant IntiRumi Inn in Caraz, Peru, flanked by the magnificent and highest pinnacles of the Cordilleras Blancas and Negras, forming the profound valley called the Callejon de Huaylas.
On the 26th my partner, his mom and I went on a trip to the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of the Pómac forest where there are many species of trees (mainly carob tress) and birds and where one can admire the huacas (archaeological remains of ritual places) of the Sicán pre-Inka culture and at night even pumas.
There certainly are things in Peru that will make you fall in love with the country, namely the nature, varied from the Andes through the coast to the jungle, the shamanic healing legacy and the variety of food, including heaps of fruits and veggies you can get. However, there are also things that will bring other emotions around: anger, repulsion, pitying. A couple of days ago I passed a year of my stay in Peru. I´ve been through all the feelings mentioned.
My Christmas in Peru was greatly influenced by the strike of the agriculturers who – several days before Christmas – started blocking the only highway (and often at places the only road) in both ways – to the North and to the South (asking the government for better working conditions and salaries).