Alto Biavo District, Bellavista Province, San Martín Department.
Nuevo Trujillo is one of fourteen towns in the Piquiyacu Valley. Its location in the middle of the jungle poses the biggest accessibility problems in the Alto Biavo District, and that has brought many complications. It is home to 900 people, approximately 350 families. One of the distinctive characteristics of Nuevo Trujillo is that 40% of its population speaks quechua, the native tongue of the area. Its economy relies on agriculture, specifically on cocoa production. They also raise cattle and grow yuca, corn and plantain. For its people, living in the jungle means learning to adapt to a unique geography and weather, and to very variable circumstances.
Carlos has been working at Nuevo Trujillo’s medical post for 12 years. The town’s particular geography and the isolation that results from it has often made his job very difficult. Connectivity had always been a vital necessity. Before new roads were enabled and phone lines were available, when someone had an emergency a loudspeaker was used to summon the people and to ask for help. A stretcher was used to carry the patient, and the volunteers had to walk a long way to Puerto Bermúdez in order to call an ambulance that arrived from Juanqui, the nearest city. Complications arose along the way, and sometimes they just arrived too late. But now, when an ambulance is needed, Carlos can call directly from Nuevo Trujillo, speeding up the whole process.