Stuff I’ve been reading in Cusco

When I arrived in Cusco I had spent about three weeks in Arica, Chile. Though I had done a volunteer work-exchange at a hostel there, I realized how exploitative the experience was when things didn’t work out in Perú and I wound up doing a work-exchange here.

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Redefining travel for people who aren’t rich (most of us)

In my experience, most backpackers tend to be white. There’s no actual data on this but I’m sitting in a hostel in Perú and there are definitely more white people here than people of color, and I don’t think I’ve seen a black person this morning. There are several people from parts of Asia, such as Singapore, and many of the other people I’ve seen of Asian descent are actually first-generation immigrants from the US, Canada, or elsewhere. This has been the case in Argentina and Chile when I stay at hostels. Bite me.

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