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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

Boca Pariumanu

Hi Everyone,

We have been spending an absolutely beautiful week here in the community of Boca Pairumanu in the Peruvian Amazon. Jhas, Ana, and I spent time here during our summer course, and it has been so rewarding to return. Walking through the community center and soccer field, the children holler after us by name and adults greet us with questions about how we’ve been.

In the past week we’ve picked naturally growing fruits that we had never heard of and sliced down banana trees with machetes. We’ve lost countless volleyball games to the team the community puts forth, which often sports 50 years between the ages of their oldest and youngest players. We threw a vibrant party with the community in which we all witnessed a chesty dance-off between Jhasmany and a nine-year-old. And finally, we’ve been constantly learning about the human and natural history of the region, and seen how this community has been able to sustainably manage their territory and participate in the global economy.

Today we take a motorized canoe back to Puerto Maldonado tomorrow, and then in the night, we’re off to Cusco!

Peace on the waterways,

Ben

P.S. I don’t have a photo of the community, but this is a photo of Rio Madre De Dios, not too far away.