Huaycos, waterfalls and bus rides
Infrastructure. You don´t think about it much until it stops working for you. Another example with the roads: I just went to a conference in Tingo Maria, a town about three hundred miles north in the jungle. The road that goes from Tingo Maria towards Lima climbs up into the Andes to a town called Huanuco. The road between Huanuco and Tingo Maria is extremely prone to washouts, or "huaycos." On my way to the conference, we were delayed two hours because of a huayco. The day I planned to leave, the road was washed out entirely and wouldn´t be available until at least the next day. Along with a fellow gringo named Steve, who had a plane to catch, I caught a taxi to the beginning of the huayco and walked across it with my backpack and computer. There were six mudslides encompassing about a kilometer of road, bracketed on either side by about a hundred trucks lined up going to and from Tingo Maria. Some of those trucks carried perishable items, like pineapples.
Tingo Maria has a bad reputation as a coca town, but it´s actually safe and friendly, and is located in a beautiful setting, with a national park, caves and waterfalls. I´ll post some pictures.
Tonight (at least in theory - the co-op managers are still meeting), Esperanza, Pangoa´s general manager, and I will go over the first draft of my survey. Fingers crossed!