Coronavirus Lockdown Strands Peninsula Coffee Roaster In Peru


A Bay Area man who traveled to Peru last month has been stranded in that country while an anxious family and struggling business await his return.

Max Gambirazio, who owns the San Carlos roastery business Papachay Peruvian Coffee, flew to his coffee bean plantation in Villa Rica, Peru, on March 13.

Three days later, in an effort to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, Peru closed its borders and put strict curfews in place, leaving Gambirazio unable to return.

Despite being on a U.S. evacuation list, Gambirazio said he has yet to hear anything definite from the U.S. Embassy in Lima about when and how he might leave the country.

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