As you may already know, I’m on a year long adventure with Remote Year for the entirety of 2017. Traveling with a group of over 70 people has it’s unique challenges and has left me craving some independent travel. I decided to take the leap and run off for a solo-adventure for the month of April. Our group was in Lima this month and having been to Lima and many of the other group trip locations, I decided to opt-out and go on an adventure.
While the month didn’t go totally according to my original plans. . . it was an amazing month full of:
New Friends . . .
I started the month in Lima at Eurobackpackers and ended up staying nearly 10 days while I attempted to figure out my travel plan changes due to the extreme flooding in parts of Peru that I had originally planned to travel. Here I met Andrew and was able to hopefully help him out a bit on the management of his blog. I hope to follow his adventures! Andrew and I had some great conversations around the topic of perceptions and expectations. More on that later…
Adventure . . .
Before leaving Lima, I took a 3 day side-trip to Huacachina to do a bit of sand-boarding with a couple other remotes! What fun!! I never would have thought I would enjoy dune-buggies and sand boarding but it was a ton of fun.
Exploration . . .
Self-Discovery . . .
Excitement. . .
Next stop from Moyobamba to Yurimaguas for a quick overnight and time to make arrangements for my Amazon excursion! The evening in Yurimaguas was spent with another traveler eating street food and lounging out in the hammock listening to the sounds of the river and stargazing.
Personal Connections . . .
In Lagunas. This small river-community greeted me with warmth and a true sense of community. From the market streets that become deserted late in the day to the bustling river-front that comes alive when the boats are expected to arrive. The people of this small community made me feel welcome and at home as they offered me fruit, conversations and a genuine interest in having a personal connection.
Gratitude . . .
In the Peruvian Amazon. This deserves a full post on it’s own. Please click over to the link.