Merry Christmas From The Amazon

Imagine a homeless woman around 60 years old. She lives in a cold, wet city located at 10,000 feet of altitude. At 5am each morning she walks around the plaza to warm up. She has no shoes. Her feet feel the raw early morning cold.

When people see her they look the other way, perhaps thinking to themselves, “Oh how sad, that poor homeless woman has no shoes.” Or perhaps they think nothing at all.

The reason I love Stevie so much is that she never looks the other way in life. Her reaction to the cruelty and injustice in the world is always the same…

“Oh no, that poor woman doesn’t have any shoes. We need to get her some”


Stevie does not approach life from a position of fear or scarcity. She is the type of person who would give you the clothes off her back.

Over the years she has taught me to “give a shit” about others and about our planet. Her example has moved me to action, and has moved me to change. Compassion, right action, and authenticity is how she lives her life.

While watching this scene the other morning, I couldn’t help but to wonder how many people in the US would be receiving new shoes for Christmas this year.

So many people in the world don’t have the things that the rest of us buy and throw away every day.

Or the things that we just take for granted, like a home or uncontaminated water. I really hope the world changes one day, but as Stevie is always saying…

“We have to be the change we want to see”

Our 4 day stay in Cajamarca was wonderful. We really liked this colonial city and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Peru. It’s a must.
The people are very friendly, and of course they all love Kiki!

“Que Raza Es”?

Cajamarca super market…

Traveling with Julio and Lauren has been great. They are so relaxed and mellow and fun to be around. We met 4 gals from Chile and had a fun jam session our last day in Cajamarca…

Check out our short JAM video here… Click HERE




Our goal was to spend Christmas in Chachapoyas, which is on the other side of the Mountains in the Amazon. We left early in the morning knowing it was a 14-16 hour drive away. The drive was long and hard. We got hopelessly lost in Chiclayo. There were absolutely no road signs anywhere and the GPS went rogue. Eventually we had to hire a motor taxi to guide us out of the city. He decided to take dirt back roads and it was hell following him. But we made it.

Once we cleared the mountains and entered the Amazon the drive was super beautiful.

I’m going to say the last 4 hours was the most beautiful driving we’ve done this year, and that’s a big statement!

There was a lot of traffic on the road, and they didn’t seem to like the Sprinter much…

We arrived in Chachapoyas safe and we’re ready to celebrate Christmas! We already love this place. Like I said, it is REALLY beautiful!

We plan to stay here maybe 3 or 4 days and then head back down to the coast to catch some waves at Lobitos.

Merry Christmas everyone. We love you!


Tree, Stevie, Kiki, Julio, Lauren



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  1. Wow, looks like you guys are having quite a christmas again this year. Envious! Merry Christmas.

  2. Hey u guys,
    Stevie you are truly awesome in your life perspective. I have always knew you would find your passion. You help guide my spirit. Tree I see she’s rubbing off on you.

    Merry X-mas, Willy

  3. Kris and Ken says:

    Hola amigos, last year we were together in Roca Azul…you’ve put many miles and adventures between us but we feel your joyful spirits with us as we celebrate. Feliz Navidad..abrazos
    Kris y Ken living the other kind of good ife…

    • Hey Guys,
      WOW, where does a year go? I can’t believe it’s been that long. We think about you guys often. Hope you are well up there in Mexico.
      XOXXO – Sprinter Life

  4. Feliz Navidad, mis hijos.
    Les amo mas de las estrellas en el cielo.

  5. Tom’s Shoes does the Buy One, Give One thing:

  6. Arlene Burns says:

    tree you scored.. what a lovely, lucky wonderful think to find a true life partner, who is a bhodisaatva to boot! i found one in giorgio, but we only had a moment in time, four short years between when i knew of his existance on the planet and when he left it. but i/we have experiened what 99% never knows.. in this capacity, we are the 1 %!

    occupy love…
    Arlene Burns

  7. Lisa Merrai Labon says:

    I would love to know more about the Cloud People. I hear they have a new museum with artefacts and some ruins up there. If you happen to go, please take photos and report! I have a couple of Peruvian friends doing fascinating research on pre-Incan civilizations in Peru but mostly the Paracas culture.

  8. You are an inspiration Stevie Trujillo!!! If only there were more people in the world like you

  9. I hope you warned this nice woman about the dorky tan lines she’s gonna get *grins* Seriously, that was really sweet of you *smiles*

  10. Stevie…..Im soooooooo proud of your giving nature! xoxoxox Auntie coco

  11. Merry Christmas guys! We are making final preps here in SD and will cross over to Baja tomorrow morning. A Merry Christmas indeed. Believe it or not, you guys have provided some of the inspiration for us to take this thanks!

    Merry Christmas!

    Cesar & Danni

    • Wow guys, how exciting! Get ready for the trip of a lifetime. Are you guys writing a blog? If so, send us the address so we can follow your adventures.

      See you in South America!


  12. Steve is the sweetest girl ever. Tree you alright too. Kiki might be the best. I miss you three so much. Merry Christmas.

  13. THIS is why we LOVE you so much Stevie. You ARE the change. I woke up thinking about you this morning after reading this post . The story reminds me of a stanza that I love:

    “Even if your hands are shaking
    And your faith is broken
    Even as the eyes are closing
    Do it with a heart wide open”

    I don’t love the artist, or the actual song, but this line makes my heart sing. This line is you.

    Have a Merry Christmas you three!
    We love you gobs,

    PS: We’ll send you shoes if you run low.

  14. Stevie,
    You are the bomb. I feel so blessed to be included in the collective spirit.
    Sometimes all I can vocalize is WOW!!

    Your insight has opened me to whats really going on with our role (U.S.) and more important I feel armed with hope and willingness to take some action in my life and my environment. Do you have any idea of how your actions motivate and educate. Once again WOW!! Thank you, Willy

  15. absolutely love it!!!! everything!!! you all rock!!! big hugs from all of us!!! we deeply appreciate you!!!

  16. sounds fab – I’m sure you guys had a great time there. Love that photo of the spooking horse – poor baby!

    And Stevie you’re an inspiration to so many people! Around this time of the year, so many of us forget the real reason why we should be even celebrating it. It IS about sharing love and kindness, NOT about rushing around frantically buying useless gifts. Our time on this earth is short, and those of us who want to be the change need to embrace it today.

  17. i love the simplicity and generosity of the act, stevie. and i doubt you’ll miss those tevas much. 🙂 love you all. happy holidays.

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