After the exhausting drive up to Tarapoto, Parker and I have gotten used to the bustle of the larger city and are enjoying life here. I’ve particularly been enjoying the wealth of restaurants in the area, allowing us to explore the culture through varied takes on the cuisine. Similar to Tingo María, Tarapoto is popular with tourists from throughout Peru, as they come to explore the natural wonders in the surrounding jungle.

Feeling adventurous over the weekend, Parker and I went whitewater rafting down a class three rapid in the area. In between the rapids, the forest on both sides provided great views of the flora and fauna in the area. Adrenaline needs satiated, the following day we went to relax at the Laguna Azul, a beautiful lake in the mountains.

Adventure aside, the project is quickly coming to an end! We spent the majority of the work week on the road, taking long days to drive to surrounding towns to meet with the last few stakeholders needed to obtain the data for our presentation. I’m happy to say that our project continues to move along well, as we were able to complete all of our necessary interviews this last week.

Next week we plan on spending in the office, ironing out our recommendations on the existing financing models and building out our presentation ahead of our time in Lima. It’s amazing how quickly time has flown by!

The Volunteer

Eric Gross

Associate, Client Facing

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