A woman recently contacted me on Facebook asking me to get in touch with a man named Tom. It turns out that Tom owns a nice chunk of land between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado, and has been hoping to start some kind of community on it. He bought the land almost 10 years ago, and has done minimal work on it. It is 137 hectares in size, and is at 2500 feet elevation. It’s classified as high jungle. It has four rivers running through it, and already has a house with a septic system on site. He is open to the use of the land, whether leasing it for very long term, or selling half.
It is an ideal location and is the perfect size for our initial community. I would love to hear your thoughts on this location in the comments section below.
After meeting up with Tom, and learning more about the property; I quickly made the decision to pull out. My intuition screamed that this isn’t the place, as beautiful as it is. It’s also quite unfit for our needs, with poor soil, and it being one of the rainiest regions in the world, receiving upwards of 20 feet a year.
The land has a lot of colorful history as well, being in the center of a gold mining region. The other factor is that it isn’t the piece of jungle that I envision. Too many red-flags, so I pushed onward to Puerto Maldonado.