From the 1930s onward, Peru began to acknowledge its own intellectual travel
writers who were committed to writing about national geographical and social
realities. This can be evidenced by the output during the period of independent
travelers and those connected to state-funded institutions such as the Sociedad
Geográfica de Lima. The underlying position is that the act of travel and its literature
can work against imperialism and, therefore, become expressions of patriotism.
Here, the travel narratives of two prominent Peruvian figures are analyzed:
José Uriel García from Cusco and Aurelio Miró Quesada Sosa from Lima.
Together, they provide valuable evidence about two different responses to the
modernization of Peru while also representing the nation’s significant sociogeographical
divides. The focus is on questions of history, coloniality/modernity,
national identity, and natural resources such as water and wood. It is hoped that
this will contribute to literary studies on travel and the environment.