From Cochabamba we descended into the jungle to spend two nights at the orphanage in Villa Tunari. It is the largest of the three orphanages with 70-some children. We enjoyed the privilege of sharing messages with the house parents and children in the one full day that we had. We had speaking appointments at the orphanage in Cerenid on Sabbath, and 7 hours of taxi ride to get there, so we soaked in the humid surroundings and packed up all too soon.
While in transit on the roads, any time the taxi or bus came to a checkpoint or toll booth, vendors pressed around the windows offering their goods. Once we bought 5 softball sized avocados for $1.30.
The fruits around here are amazing! It seems that almost every day another fruit surfaces that we’ve never seen or tasted before. Some are definitely now on the favorites list.
One of the new favorites is Chirimoya- a custard-like fruit. This particular type grows only in this region of jungle. Mom was sure we should go through the hassle of paperwork through US customs to bring some of these seeds home, but then these fruits will surely only grow where one can swim through the air anyway.
Our time in the jungle drew to a close and we caught a taxi for the 7 hour trip to Santa Cruz and on to Cerenid.
Sleep while you can. Bus ride to Villa Tunari
A mighty jungle man
Sean and José
Speaking at the orphanage