Written by Lara Croft*.
While I must say that I arrived in Kuwaq Yaku by rather unconventional means, my first 24 hours in the this vibrant community has left me heartened, exhilarated and humbled.
Nestled within the Peruvian Jungle, the people of Kuwaq Yaku occupy a charming community bustling with life. Parallel to the predator-filled wilderness, the town is like a glittering relic that one finds exactly when she needs to.
The people here are hospitable and resilient, if not nonchalant, to their hostile environment. When I arrived here, a recent storm had threatened the very lives of the citizens, yet their fortitude and community spirit shone through. Immediately, myself and Jonah were welcomed and offered accommodation.
The atmosphere within the town is incredible – children play football freely without a care in the world, their laughter infectious as one explores the streets of this town. The townsfolk are helpful and pay no mind to any barriers of language – offering advice and supplies when needed.
Local amenities are plentiful – the town hosts a number of merchants in the marketplace within impressive temple ruins. Additionally, you’ll also find a working garage and, more importantly, a well-stocked bar. Believe me, nothing felt better than finding a bar with ice-cold beverages after trekking through that jungle – particularly after our slight run-in with two jaguars… but that’s a story for another time.
Interestingly, the town has a working dig site, too.
During my brief visit, I may have uncovered a small crime ring. It’s not my place to interfere with local politics, but, I did feel that it was my duty to do something. It warms my heart knowing that I leave Kuwaq Yaku in relative peace… I hope it stays that way.
Now, however, I must move on and continue my Peruvian adventure. I’ll be heading further into the jungle, this time. My riddle-filled quest is as intriguing as it is elusive.
Do centuries-old ruins lie in my wake? Or perhaps another hidden civilisation thrives deep in this harsh environment, defying the meteorological phenomenons of late.
Until next time,
Archaeologist and Adventurer
*A fictitious imagining of what Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft may have wrote while visiting Kuwaq Yaku in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.