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  • Day19

    Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

    July 18, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Kondore, Bären, Papageien und sogar Affen und einen Puma sieht man in dieser Auswilderungsstation. Natürlich sieht man nur jene Tiere, die keine Chance in der freien Natur haben. Valentin hat's gefallen, mir haben die Tiere ein wenig Leid getan....Read more

  • Day19

    Gemeinschaftsprojekt Awana Kancha

    July 18, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Lamas füttern und Frauen beim Stoffe-Färben und Weben zusehen - kindgerecht und ebenfalls spannend für die Erwachsenen. Gefährlich: der angeschlossene Andenkenshop.... Dort hat Heinz ordentlich eingekauft. Valentin konnte ich gerade noch davon abhalten, ein riesiges Lama kaufen zu wollen...Read more

  • Day26

    A Cultural Exchange - Ccaccaccollo

    December 12, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    I really should've read our tour itinerary. Instead of beginning the Inca Trail straight away, we actually were booked in to visit a rural village to spend a night home-staying.

    I was rooming with Louis this time. Our host mother Patricia greeted us at the parking-lot with flowers. She then carried all our bags up to her home.

    The village itself mostly consisted of mud-brick houses. Facilities were basic, but better than I expected, with both running water and electricity. There was also a football pitch where we kicked a ball around with Michael (Patricia's 9 y/o son).

    We were taken to do some local farming, where you bang a hoe into the ground near plants. I have no idea how this helps them grow and, frankly, we did a terrible job. The 'experience' was called off after 20 minutes as it became clear we were ruining the harvest. If they really do still farm in the traditional manner (there could well have been a tractor hiding from tourist sight), that is impressive but somewhat misguided - modern machines are far less labour intensive and do a better job.

    The meals served by our host family were hearty, though both Louis and I have our reservations as to hygiene. Another spin of food-poison roulette wheel.

    Next morning, we bought a woolen hat each from Patricia (she is a weaver, like most of the village women). The transaction was completed in her home, meaning she could conceal it from the rest of the village. They are supposed to share all weaving profit apparently, and this is enforced by them all supposedly selling only at their central market. The attitudes and mannerisms all felt very much like a Greek village (very 'choriatiko').

    An interesting and enjoyable experience. For a night.

    NOTE: We are setting off on the trail tomorrow - no internet so no posts for 4 days.

    Pics: (1) Patricia, despite our objections, carrying our bags up herself; (2) All dressed up; (3) Farming lessons - not the career for us I think; (4) The hills were very steep; (5) The annual running of the sheep; (6) A sample of local cuisine (cute guinea pigs) - would you eat it Sophie?
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  • Day26

    Road to Inca Trail

    September 21, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A lovely little sanctuary filled with animals rescued from the black market. Vicuñas, pumas, wildcats and of course the mighty condors. All those which can be rehabilitated are, and those which can not have offspring which are.Read more

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