Updated: Oct 1, 2022
13 people responded to the call for a mission trip to Moyobamba, Peru this August of 2022.
Friday, August 12:
Several people will be flying from different locations and ultimately reunite in Lima, Peru. Here are a few pictures as the adventure starts.
Saturday, August 13
A few of us got into Lima yesterday afternoon while others arrived in Lima early in the morning at 3am. Breakfast at 9am at the hotel was great and we are now ready and waiting for our flight from Lima to Tarapoto.
It was a quick flight, only 1.5 hours, had beautiful views of the Andes Mountains and other scenery. To put into perspective, the temperature in Lima when we departed was about 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 93 degrees Fahrenheit in Tarapoto. This is due to the lower elevation. From the airport in Tarapoto we traveled by bus all the way to Moyobamba. This trip took a few hours but once again, the views were breathtaking. Halfway through the bus ride we stopped to fuel up on coconut water and other delicious snacks including plantain chips, sandwich cookies with strawberry jam inside, sweet bread, and meringues.
Approximately 5:30pm Peru time, we arrived at our final destination, the Vargas household. Hans's parents were very welcoming to all as soon as we arrived. We settled in quickly so we could fill our bellies after a long day of traveling.
We arrived to the restaurant via motortaxi. Never a dull moment traveling on Peruvian roadways. Pollo y papas fritas (chicken and French fries) was quite delicious and filling. We were introduced to Inca Kola, a national beverage of the country. Following dinner we explored some of the shops in Moyobamba and took a group photo at the main town square.
Sunday, August 14
Sunday was an eventful day, where to start:
Breakfast was at 8am. We had a variety of bread rolls that we could pair with a delicious dulce de leche spread as well as a variety of marmalades. The coffee we drank was provided from Hans's uncle, Juan's, farm. Can't get much fresher than that!
We left the homestead and headed towards church. Iglesia Evangelica Presbiterana has been the Vargas family church for many years. At the church we were given the opportunity to stand around the perimeter and pray. At the end of the service we were able to partake in communion.
After church we dined at a beautiful restaurant coated in plants everywhere. Hans helped everyone choose something from the menu (which was all in Spanish), but the dishes were still a surprise when they came out of the kitchen. Megan enjoyed the peanut soup. She said that it tasted just like cheesy potato soup. Other dishes included: Peruvian BBQ, chicken with garbanzo beans, goat, meat and potatoes, and a side of rice with every dish.
Once we left the restaurant we walked back to the Vargas home, enjoying the sights of the city and the sounds of the motortaxis racing by. We quickly changed out of our church attire to get ready to visit Juan's farm.
Victor hailed us a bus and we all crammed inside. Upon arriving to the farm we braced ourselves as we made our way down a winding bumpy dirt road, while also enjoying the view of the rows of pineapple that grew underneath the Peruvian sun. Juan along with Victor and Hans interpreting, showed the variety of crops that could be grown in the local soil. This featured oranges, pineapples, lemons, avocados, papayas, bananas, mangoes, sugar cane, cocoa, coffee, and many many more.
On our way out, the bus got stuck. All those willing got out to push and grass was cut to bring traction to the tires. After many attempts the bus was free.
Again we quickly changed into our bathing suits at the Vargas home because we were headed to the hot springs. The group enjoyed traveling from hot spring to hot spring, the temperature increasing with each pool. Maxing out at a whopping 43 degrees Celsius (or for you Fahrenheit people that is 109.4 degrees). Once it was time to leave, we exited the springs only to see that Victor had come to pick us up in a large Toyota pick up. The majority of us rode in the bed of the truck.
For dinner we enjoyed Peruvian style crepes and ended the night sitting around singing songs and sharing tales from our adventurous day.
Monday, August 15th
The day started early for some eager runners at 4:45 AM. Hans led Gary, Dan, Stephen, and Megan down to the river. Excluding the part about there being approximately a million stairs. The runners still had fun!