Iowa Voyagers Travelogue: Peru

One of our Iowa Voyagers travelers sent back an account of his recent experiences in Peru. Check out a list of our trips and cruises for more travel opportunities!

Above is a picture I took during the recent Iowa Voyagers trip to the Upper Amazon tributaries in Peru. It was taken during our visit to the village of Pampa Caño on the Marañon River. I decided to take along the Iowa banners that day, and it worked out great to have some of the kids in the village stand with our group. The Iowa-connected people in the back row are Patsy Kahn, me (Allan Kellar), Danielle Bellanger, Glenn Buchanan, 64BM, Joan Camins, Linda Kellar, and Eunice Buchanan, 68BSN. In the background is the stern of our river boat, La Amatista. (We left the banners with the kids; what a surprise if another tourist group visits the village one of these days!)

As has been our experience on other UI alumni tours, this one was very well planned and organized. The trip was unlike any other trip we have taken, with many unusual experiences–including sleeping in a tent in the jungle, sailing into the confluence of the three great rivers that combine to form the mighty Amazon, and visiting the above-mentioned village where the houses are on stilts due to the rising waters during the rainy season.

After our adventure, Linda and I spent a week in Bolivia visiting a family friend named Sonia. We met Sonia’s family, saw spectacular mountain scenery, and traveled around the country with Sonia as our guide. That week, too, was an unusual and rewarding experience.

Best wishes,
Allan Kellar, 62MA, 70PhD, Lake Elmo, Minn.

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