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.
Michelle, Your travels are just amazing to witness through your blog! What an experience. Stay safe and have a wonderful journey. xoxo
Thank you! I think my blog and Facebook make it look more glamorous than it actually is but I can certainly agree, it’s quite the experience!
Reminds me of my puno trip in 2012. Really amazing people and totally separated from the world.
When you are coming back to atlanta or straight going back to school?
I am not sure yet!
The photos and blogs are fantastic. This whole experience belongs in National Geographic. My favorite part was about the hidden turkey, which you managed to find. And of course, the mud dipping sauce. Sending you warm hugs.
Hi Marlene! Thank you – it is definitely some Nat Geo stuff out here. It’s crazy to think how normal it feels to me now. Probably won’t be eating mud again any time soon though…
Looks amazing but also quite hard word. I hope you’re enjoying yourself.
Completely – it’s definitely a challenge being out here, certain parts more enjoyable than others! Going on holiday soon for a couple weeks so I’m really looking forward to that. You should come to Peru – there are SO many ruins to explore 😉
Very interesting to read your,blog. We are visiting puno on October 22-24. Will you be there then?
Hi Wendy! Thank you, I’m glad you are enjoying it and I hope it can be helpful to you during your trip. I will not be in Puno at that time, unfortunately but I wish you a fantastic trip!