Sometimes it’s in the least likely of places: where the authenticity of a city or town becomes realized and, therefore, you stay longer than expected.

I’m talking about San Ignacio, the last major town before the Peru / Ecuador border. Practically speaking, there was no reason to stick around. After all, there are no travel agencies offering tours! And there are no foreign-owned cafes! And Ecuador is sooo close! But I stayed anyway, just wandering around, not seeing another “extranjero” (foreigner like me) all day long. More likely than not a few other travelers were wandering around too, having their own unique day in San Ignacio, Peru.

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