By Jann B., first-time O.A.T. traveler from Plain City, UT
In April I departed on the O.A.T. trip, Real Affordable Peru, which by the way, I think should be renamed Authentic Peru. On the trip, we made a stop at the home of a Peruvian family in the countryside who farmed the land. Their home was a two-story mud brick structure with corn cobs drying on the ground in the surrounding fenced enclosure and on the roof overhanging the first story. Our guide told us they had running water and an outhouse. The kitchen was an adjoined mud brick building with a dirt floor. It had niches and pegs in the walls for holding and hanging things, and an adobe-style “stove” fed with sticks of wood for cooking. A few guinea pigs raced into corners as we entered. A sweet 3-year-old watched us with big eyes. A radio played and a small pick-up truck sat next to the house. The mother explained, through our guide, that the older children had caught the bus earlier and were at school in the nearby town. She had been husking corn and would sell the husks to someone who made and sold tamales. As we departed, her husband was smiling broadly and waved to us from the field where he was working.
Before our visit, I would have characterized them as living primitively. But it was obvious they had everything they needed: a warm dry home, land to farm, and each other. My world view was forever altered and some unrealized prejudices melted away.
Open your eyes to a different way of life when you join O.A.T.’s Real Affordable Peru adventure.