I finally decided to LIVE in Peru, instead of just write about it.
Monday, January 27
Friday, July 9
This NPR story on the jungle fruit aguaje's popularity was reported from Peru's jungle city Iquitos. Besides their being delicious, the fruit is thought to make women more beautiful.
Experts are concerned that rate at which aguaje is being harvested is straining the Amazon forests.
Thursday, July 8
Seth Kugel of the NYT's travel blog covered Arequipa over the weekend and will soon write on northern Peru.
There were a few things missing--pisco sours and a trip to Majes valley/Cotahuasi canyon--but overall, it's a pretty good article.
I can, however, confirm that this "frugal traveler" definitely got ripped off; I've never taken a taxi to anywhere in Arequipa for more than 6 soles.
Thursday, July 1
Thursday, June 24
Even a year later, the broad ramifications of the Bagua incident (see post "Free Trade and the Amazon: the Case of Bagua") are still being seen.
Amnesty International called on Peru to drop charges (of rebellion, conspirancy and sedition) against Alberto Pizango, an indigenous leader.
He was involved in last summer's demonstrations against the opening of the Amazon to foreign companies that led to the deadly clash between police and indigenous protests.