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Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

A Hidden Gem

The moment we arrived in Paru Paru I was in total awe of the beauty surrounding me. Our first meal left me speechless as tears fell down my face from the inner joy I was experiencing, each moment followed existed of the same ecstasy.

There have been very few moments in my life where I have been left speechless by true genuine kindness. Even though we were their guests everyone went out of their way to accommodate our group.

If someone would have told me two weeks ago I would be sitting in the Andean Mountains drinking tea on top of a mountain, carried on our guides back, then eating a delicious lunch prepared in a gorgeous field with llamas surrounding me, I would have never believed them. Everyday spent living here was incredible!

Even though the language barriers were present such as Quechua, Spanish, and English it never seemed to get in the way of what each person was expressing, whether it was laughter, sadness, sickness or curiosity.

I loved the moments when laughter would erupt. There were plenty of these moments with my group but especially with my host family and our guides. Language can be understood by anyone especially when there is joy involved.

It seemed as if the people of Paru Paru are living their days spent in joy. Even though they made it clear Climate Change is affecting the way they grow potatoes and live. It was the strength within their voices making it clear they would keep living the ways their ancestors once did.

The rituals of the days we spent there will be forever ingrained in my heart. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again next week at my host families wedding!

Sulpayki Paru Paru!