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Places of Peru – Following the Marañon #1: Cajamarca to Yurimaguas

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(Photo: Mike Dreckschmidt/Living in Peru)

The new Places of Peru series journeys us into Peru’s northern interior through many wonderful and diverse regions.

Today we follow the Marañon River to the Amazon.

From Cajamarca to Chachapoyas, Tarapoto to Yurimaguas, it would have been nice to dedicate a photo album to every one of these incredible places and their surrounding attractions.

However, this segment of the Places of Peru series will move fast down the steep Eastern Andean slopes like the Marañon river through the deep valleys which it carves…

The journey through Peru’s wild north is one that can take 2 weeks or 2 years.  It depends on you.  As Peru is a world within a world, so too are the places of Peru worlds within themselves.  The landscapes, impressive though they may be, only scratch the surface of Peru’s rich human culture both historic and living.

It isn't far from Peru's northern coast to the beautiful valley of Cajamarca. It is hard to believe that in these golden fields with such a lovely climate the last Inca Atahualpa was captured in a brutal massacre by the Spanish invaders. (Photo:Mike Dreckschmidt/Living in Peru)
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Join us next week as we join again with the Marañon river deep into Peru’s lower jungle.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.