Cumbemayo. An incredibly photogenic site about an hour-drive away from the city of Cajamarca. The Cajamarca district is mapped as one of the poorest regions of Peru, and this became painfully clear during a day-trip to Cumbemayo. Many locals, mainly children (who should be in school), seat themselves at the side of the path leading along the impressive (naturally shaped) rock formations. Some of them are selling artesania or food, others let their picture be taken in return for a ‘propinita‘ (tip), and some of them are just holding up their hand asking for money and/or medication to fight their fever. Their bodies showing the signs of malnutrition (red eyes, bad skin), encountering them brought my friend from Lima to tears and I felt powerless, heartbroken, angry and ashamed.
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Hey there, I'm Lau. Originally Dutch, travelling the world like a nomad. I try to be open and appreciative towards the splendour of the places that I see and the people that I meet, wherever I may find myself. Some think I'm slow. Compared to some other travellers, indeed I like to take my time. Also at home, I believe in a somewhat slower lifestyle. If you're into that, I invite you to armchair journey with me! View all posts by Lau