A Peruvian Thanksgiving

Posted: November 22, 2012 by sykose in Climbing, High altitude mountaineering
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Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Last year for Thanksgiving, I hosted 12 people and 9 dogs in New Mexico for an off grid feast. I was trying to remember what I did for Thanksgiving dinner the year before and looking at my 2010 calendar, now I see why I couldn’t recall: two years ago I was in Peru, fresh off a trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and my brother and I ate a very unconventional Thanksgiving dinner at a market in Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city.

I went to Peru to visit my brother Paul, who had been living in the Ecuadorean rainforest, teaching English and guitar to Shuar Indian kids, who called him Pablo.

In the middle of the school year, for visa reasons, Paul had to leave Ecuador for three weeks. When he told me he was planning on spending his exile in Peru, I booked a cheap (under…

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