Oxapampa, PeruThe story has been told to me several times now–there is a place deep in the jungle of Peru where blue eyes and blonde hair speckle the landscape and Bavarian architecture is hugged by the draping jungle fauna. In a country where the ordinary natives sport sun-kissed, cocoa-colored skin and lounge in brightly painted, boxy buildings , this myth is something to ponder. Is it true? Is there a little place Peru where an entire Eastern European culture has remained nearly untouched?

Not exactly, but there is truth to the legend in a small town called Oxapampa. In the nineteenth century, the Peruvian government signed a contract with Central European officials allowing 10,000 colonists to migrate to the area of Alto Huallaga. When the first three hundred boarded ship in 1857, they headed first to Lima to undergo quarantine procedures. After they were officially welcomed to the country, the group migrated to the town of Pozuzo and from there, Oxapampa.

Aside from its cultural mythology, Oxapampa is also know for its artisan cheeses and coffees. In addition, UNESCO has named the Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yanesha reserve a world biosphere–one of 564 in the entire world.

Thanks to the New World Review for a Oxapampa travel stories.