Just over an hour north of Lima, Peru, a circle of cone-shaped buildings rises beside a sandy beach. These structures are called “trulys,” and they’re part of a spiritual eco-village built by Hare Krishnas on the Peruvian coast. The village is a popular stopping place for travelers looking for a peaceful, meditative retreat in rural South America. According to Peru This Week:
“Its peculiar trulys, cone-shaped constructions made with mud and organic material, invite the visitor to feel like part of nature and to get in touch with the universe. ‘The trulys are a natural way of living, because in the world, there are not square things. The planet is round and spins in a circle around the sun, the seasons turn…the atoms turn, even our blood circulates … to get to our heart,’ says the Krishna monk.”
Visitors can take part in yoga classes and organic farming, and are offered three vegetarian meals per day in return for a volunteer commitment and a nightly fee of $10-15 US. There is no limit to how long you can volunteer, and drop-ins are welcome, but it’s best to e-mail ahead to make plans or to arrange for an airport pick-up.
“As soon as I arrived at the park workers and volunteers alike welcomed me with open arms and made me feel surprisingly comfortable in a very out-of-box situation. People explained to me what Hare Krishna was all about and I asked a ton of questions, but they never tried to convince me of anything.”
Although I haven’t been myself, it sounds like the perfect spot to spend a few nights while backpacking through South America!
Photo by Alex Proimos