Through the desert
After a quick shower at 4a.m. Chris and I set off. We hope to arrive in Curahuasi in 16 or 17 hours. Since yesterday our Media Centre is the proud owner of a pick-up. Over the course of the next few days the vehicle will be turned into a mobile workshop for Diospi Suyana’s various transmitting stations.
Heading southwards, leaving the 8-million-inhabitant-metropolis behind us, we are surrounded by sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Chris Welch at the wheel imagines himself back home driving through the Australian Outback – a huge desert in his home country.
In ten days he plans to drive the Hilux from Curahuasi through the rainforest to Puerto Maldonado where he will turn on one of Diospi Suyana’s radio transmitters. Then 0.2mio people in the Madre Dios State will be able to receive our programme.
Suddenly a police check. The usual discussions ensue. The car is brand new, but the man in the uniform is not happy. Finally, I reach into my briefcase and show him a press-article and an information brochure about Diospi Suyana. I tell him: “40 reports about us have been aired on Peruvian television!” and that information suffices. He waves us through and we continue on our journey. He would not have been able to force a bribe from us.