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Tbt: Old Peru

Iquitos is the largest city in the world that doesn’t have road access. This former “rubber capital of the world” is now a prime destination for Amazon Rain-forest explorations. Loaded with faded colonial homes, it still remains as one of the best loved locales in all of Peru.

Iquitos was vastly wealthy until 1912, when smugglers took seeds to Malaysia & the rubber monopoly for Peru ended. During World War II, it became an important source of rubber supply, but faded into near obscurity after the War. In the 1960’s interest in the Amazon began the growth in the Eco-tourism industry and the revitalization of Iquitos. Today, it’s home to many expats and thousands of moto-taxis.

Colonial balconies, Iquitos Peru

Links: 4/14/17

Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure. Have a good one, and be safe…

Links:

Coffee – the journey in video

How much does it cost to plant coffee?

Amazing heat storage device….from the middle ages

7 Secrets to perfect compost

Megafloods formed this amazing area in eastern Washington State

10 Companies control everything you buy

Water has built up in a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon, Now what?

Specialty Coffee Association Big Event April 20-23, Seattle

China plans Panda reserve 3 times the size of Yellowstone

 

Tbt Old Peru

Palacio de Justicia from a 1958 Postcard, Lima Peru

 

Old Water Wheel On A Primitive Coffee Plantation

Coffee Festival Villa Rica Peru 2015

 

We were fortunate to be in Villa Rica for the 45th Annual Coffee Festival this year. Running from July 18th through the 28th, this festival not only spotlights coffee, but features a marathon, daily tours of local coffee farms, music, and delicious foods at an ongoing Gastronomic Fair aptly named “With the Flavor of Coffee.”

The festival offers a chance to meet with local producers, learn more about everything coffee, and sample many fine local javas. The municipality of Villa Rica had a display showing the various phases of coffee growth from seedling on, as well as a collection of various types of coffee plants, where one can see the difference between each variety.
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