The cookstove project we are working on focuses on people who live in the campo, or “the field” here in Peru. The campo is about 30 minutes to an hour away from where we live in Puno and is composed of various rural communities of pastoralists. The people in the campo have limited electricity, no running water, and live in homes made of adobe or clay. While they do not farm for subsistence, they do keep many farm animals and grow a limited amount of crops.
Experiencing the campo has by far been the most interesting thing I’ve done in Peru so I thought I would share what it’s like out there as a photo essay*:
So that sums up a first week of campo visits. We will be doing more observations this week – this time of dinner prep and cooking. I never got sick from trying the food the families in the campo have prepared for us but I did recently spend 17 hours vomiting and losing my mind to nausea after eating at a restaurant in Puno, so we’ll see how adventurous I’ll be on the taste-testing front. Here’s to #allthepotatoes!
*All photos were taken with permission from our participants.