P.S. the former president question makes it seem like he's in Japan now, when actually he's been in prison in Peru for more than a decade. There are still occasional arrests of 'Sendero Luminoso' members too, but broadly yes it was pretty much eradicated.
9 years later he returned to Peru to do it yet again. We were living there then, contacted him, and prepared dinner for him and his wife, Teddy. She never accompanied him on these voyages. He said that if she were lost then he couldn't go home. (He did have a parrot...'aargh..') I have a copy of the book he wrote about his first voyage, "The Gods Were Kind." In the acknowledgments he credits a number of Peruvian agencies as well as individuals of the Peruvian Navy, the Hotel Bolivar and the customs officials of Callao. He had christened this raft "Age Unlimited." (He was about 70 years old at this time.) 6 years later he disappeared on a solo voyage in the Atlantic. Life magazine featured him on the cover and wrote a 6-page story about his life.
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