Once in Andahuaylas, you will stay in our rustic Field Research Station in the town of Talavera (pop. 4,000). Conditions are basic and participants share accommodations. There is no central heat; it is always chilly indoors, so bring warm clothes. There is running water, but we do not guarantee that it will be plentiful, potable, or hot. Rolling blackouts may also occur. There are common areas for socializing and lab work. Modest amenities include electric showers, flush toilets, charcoal grill, guinea pig hutch, common kitchen, table games, fire pit, and lending library. Bedrooms are monastic and consist of bunks configured as doubles or triples. The project will provide you with a simple mattress and some warm llama wool and fleece blankets. Bring earplugs and a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper. You should bring a towel, a bed sheet, a sleeping bag and a crash pad for added comfort and a combination lock to further secure any personal items. Nurse Olga’s mini-clinic is on the third floor.
We provide plenty of basic, but nutritious food Monday through Friday. Breakfast consists of coffee, tea, evaporated milk, fruit, cereal, fresh baked bread, jams, butter, and oatmeal. Lunch consists of sandwiches with cookies and fruit. Dinners are on a set schedule. The main course will rotate, but is drawn from Peruvian highland cuisine which is heavily based on rice, corn, potatoes, legumes, pasta, and some animal protein such as eggs and chicken. The project will provide an abundant supply of purified drinking water. Electric kettles are used to boil water. Soft drinks, ramen noodles, and snacks can be purchased at local bodegas. Fresh juice and produce is available at the market. Those with specialized diets will find their options very limited and should be prepared to bring their own food down, or purchase items locally to supplement their diet.
- We can’t accommodate strict vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher or other specialty diets
- You are responsible for all meals on Saturday and Sunday.
The Field Station charcoal grill and kitchen is available should you decide to cook at home. There is a stove, storage shelves, gadgets, and a small refrigerator available use. You are required to wash your own dishes, flatware, and coffee/tea mugs.