Tingo Maria´s Sleeping Beauty

The Reason I Became a #Peru Travel Advisor

Where Do I Begin?

#Peru is a country blessed with so many wonders and one of the is  : archaeological sites that yet are to be studied and are also natural habitats for more that 1800 species of birds which means 1/5 of the World´s birds species …. And more if you consider that I am just talking about birds as an example.

Paulo Coelho saysIf you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.And I can say a good way to avoid routine is to travel to #Peru.

We are a destination for persons with a variety of interests :

1-    Culture
2-    Nature
3-    Archaeology
4-    History
5-    Bird watching
6-    Adventure
7-    …….

And I could keep going on……. Think about your main interest and I bet I can find a place for you to visit in #Peru.

I recall, while still being at high school one of my first speeches was about a city in #Peru (it had to be a place besides the classical places we already know – so forget #Cusco, #Machu-Picchu, #Puno, #Ica, #Arequipa , #Lima, etc).

I was so lucky to have a little more knowledge in #Peru than my school friends as my father used to be a civil engineer and  I helped him translating and typing the reports he had to hand out after he finished  his work in different areas of the country.

I remember as it was yesterday. I spoke about #Tingo Maria and the Sleeping Beauty a mountain that indeed has the shape of a woman sleeping…. And I had the picture of it so WOW I got a good grade.

Time passed by and I began to type more reports for my father and spend time with my grandfathet, who has retired from work and had time to spend with us.  He was so careful with details when telling me the stories about his adventures while working as sales agent for a flour products factory that I could easily picture him in each place he described to me. He traveled almost all over the country and then I began to know more about #Peru, falling in love with my country.

When I was only 15 years, and I was still in high school I began to read more about #Peru and discovered the amazing places that tourist never go because the lack of information we provide to our Embassies abroad and I decided I was going to make travelers come to #Peru and visit non usual places besides the classic ones.

Now with over 30 years working in tourism I am happy that finally government has heard the Call to Action to study and promote more destinations #Peru has to offer.

In these 30 years of work I have had the pleasure to meet awesome clients and work with filming crews.

Between the filming crews I had the pleasure to meet is Celine Cousteau, who was in the process of re-making Jacques Cousteau expedition Return to the Amazon. When I first met her, “my brains were somewhere else” and did not realize who she was. I thought it was just another filming crew who wanted to work with us. Only when she began to explain their project and played the trailer of the documentary I realized who I was talking to. You should have seen my face as I love sea, It also brought to my present joyfully memories of the times I watched the program in “black and white TV” along with my parents. Also, I met her father Jean-Michel Cousteau a great person. It has been so far, the most exciting part of working with filming crews.

Jawaharal Nehru said “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. “  I can say that you also need to open your heat so that you can feel  the beauty in each step you make. The most enjoyable part of travelling is to be part of the change while visiting a new place and learning about their culture. Everyone has a special effect in the persons that surrounds and they have also the same effect in you.

For the past 8 years a friend who is a Peruvian archaeologist and lives in Boston brings students to make a difference. Year by year they travel to remote areas in #Chachapoyas, Amazonas region to do social work. So far they have built a school, a library, an even medical assistance place for the communities that live too far from what we call “civilization”.

I am still amazed how some children can make a difference just by bringing the pencils they found in the floor of their school during a whole year…. and then the next year collecting all the “loose change” at their homes.

The other side of the coin, is that in our rush to built civilization within natural habitats for endangered species we are destroying nature.

In the process to stop deforestation Peru Verde works hard with the communities in doing their share to stop it. They do some habitat protection, sustainable development and wildlife monitoring. The children of the surrounding communities learn to protect and make sustainable use of the area they live in.

As part of their work,  Peru Verde staff practices ecotourism in the surrounding areas of the lodges in Madre de Dios Jungle : #Manu and #Tambopata  Areas.

Now, the communities that live in the surrounding areas have learned to protect animals and trees. No tress are cut and hunting is not allowed in the areas protected by Peru Verde.  And for the past 14 years I am working at the Travel Agency that brings the tourists to these areas among many other areas in the country.

© Carmen Maria GUEVARA PROTZEL

Photos by Roberto Carlos CASTRO

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