Quebrada Jarpa Huaylla

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  • Day154

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    November 4 in Peru

    After yesterday's post, our tour of Cusco continued. Our next stop was to San Pedro Market, then lunch in the Plaza de Armas, the main square. After lunch, we toured the Cusco Cathedral.

    Our final stop of the day was across the street from the hotel. Qorikancha: Incan religious temple, Catholic built convent on site, 1650 a.d. earthquake brought down Spanish architechture but Incan stayed up. Outside niche was for gold statue of the sun that Spanish stole (gone forever).

    It was a drizzly evening, so I a couple of others had dinner at the hotel. I had a traditional dish called Caldo de Gallina, which is basically chicken noodle soup.

    After breakfast, we loaded the vans for our two-day trip to Machu Picchu. But that's for tomorrow. Today, we stopped at a demonstration on how they make textiles from sheep, llama, etc. wool. Next was the Chinchero archeological site and cathedral, followed by a picturesque mountainside wine stop set up by the tour company.

    We're now at the Maras Salt Mines, about 5,000 pools all gravity fed from the salty stream coming out if he mountain.

    The Incan legend is that three brothers set out to travel the world together, but the two younger were afraid of the eldest, so they convinced him to go inside a mountain cave. They then trapped him and went on about their way. However, they were still fearful of their strong brother, so they went back to the mountain to see if he was still trapped. When they turned back to the mountain, they were transformed into pillars of gold, and thus was the end of the two younger brothers. In the meantime, the eldest brother had escaped the mountain, but in the form of a huge condor. About that time, the fourth and very youngest brother had begun his travels. Because the eldest brother held no fury against the youngest, he helped him with his toils, and that youngest brother became the first Inca King. The eldest brother returned to the top of his mountain trap and was sad at the loss of his two younger siblings. His salty tears now flow from the mountain. The Inca Nation began harvesting this salt so very long ago, and the people of Maras continued to do so today.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: We had a nice surprise this morning, a military parade in front of the hotel heading to the main square. Apparently they do this every Sunday to raise the Peru and Cusco flags in front of the cathedral.
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  • Day41

    Salineras of Maras

    November 9, 2017 in Peru

    The salt is formed by evaporation of the spring water that flows out of the hill nearby. The water temperature is about 21-22 degrees C. This heating is due to the volcanic activity below the earth. Due to the heated water, salt from prehistoric salt tubes below the earth melts and runs with the water out to this place.
    The Incas created a system of about 3000 terraced pools to store the water and let it evaporate with the heat of the sun during the dry season. The salt fields are worked with exactly the same technique as the Incas were using. In fact, it is the descendents of the workers that used to work during the Inca times that still work here.
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  • Day27

    Perú, Moray e Maras

    August 24 in Peru

    O caminho de volta de Santa Teresa para Cusco é mais ou menos nosso conhecido. Até Ollantaytambo já o tínhamos percorrido na direção oposta. Um pouco antes de lá chegarmos paramos um pouco e... bolas... um pneu furado. No fim do dia, este pneu custou-nos um pneu novo e horas de luz para vermos Moray com a calma de que gostamos. Mas, paragem feita em Ollantaytambo para regatear um gorro para trazer de recordação e reaver a mala que tínhamos deixado no hostel, fizemonos ao caminho para as minas de sal de Maras. A água percorre a montanha internamente e leva o sal para as salinas preparadas em socalcos na encosta da montanha. O caminho de Maras para Moray é rico em paisagens e pessoas. É aqui que vemos o Perú rural onde as crianças rolam no chão com os animais e as mulheres usam chapéus altos parecidos com os das bolivianas. Estes porém, já não ficam encarrapitados nas cabeças e nem todos são escuros. Algumas mulheres usam chapéus brancos que mostram exatamente onde são tocados diariamente com as mais de manusear a terra vermelha. É um fim de dia fantástico em tons de rosa e vermelho onde de quando em vez se vê o cume dos Andes cheio de neve.Read more

  • Day18

    Vi sluttede vores besøg i Cusco med en speed-rundvisning af Sacred Valley i skønt vejr. Her fik vi set lidt flere ruiner og et biologisk forsøgscenter (Moray) hvor Inkaerne angiveligt har forsøgt at vænne forskellige planter til at vokse i nye højder. Derefter gik turen til Salinas de Maras, et stort område til saltudvinding fra en underjordisk kilde.
    Turen sluttede med et besøg i Pisac, hvor endnu en imponerende inka-bebyggelse findes. Vi sagde farvel til vores hyggelige lille hostel og udsigten fra terrassen, nu går turen mod junglen!
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  • Day28

    Wow! Ok, I loved Cancha Cancha (camp #2). Here we met with a local woman in her home. She is 70 and lives with her husband in a 1 room house typical of the high Andes. They have 1 light which was installed a year earlier. They pay 12 soles/$4 month for limited use. Guinea Pigs (cuy) run free in the house and are saved for Christmas and birthday meals 😳 In the photo you can see the kitchen (kittens warming by the ashes and a cuy with his glowing eyes literally hiding in the stove) and one bed as well as the only small table. As pictured, this woman makes cloth from Llama and Alpaca to sell. Later, Araceli and I brought a piece of cake to the house to say thank you, in at least a small way, for letting us into her home. She also gets a small amount of money for allowing our tents in her pasture.

    This community is a 2 to 4 hour hike (downhill) to the nearest town. For us, it took 4 hours. Along the way out of the mountains we passed several more children all looking after their animals. We handed out colored pencils as small gifts whenever we could. The hike back up the mountain would have easily taken me a whole day, it's a very steep trail and a very remote community.

    Once out of the mountains we had our last lunch with the porters, horsemen, and chef. Although we certainly paid for the privilege, I think all 3 of us guests battled with some guilt about the disparity between our accommodation and experience compared to that of our porters and even our guide Lucio. We did tip the team well and were careful to choose (to the best of our ability) an ethical company but the fact remains that at 1 point a porter was carrying the toilet- no bueno. The porters also wore sandals (not boots) and were only given sleeping bags (no blankets or pads). Also, the porters had simple meals and then were given whatever we couldn't finish. One upside, since we were just the 3 amigos+ Lucio, we had TONS of leftover food so the boys actually ate rather handsomely. Alex easily cooked 4 courses+ for a party of 6 or 7. Perhaps my view is a little skewed and the team only views these differences as customer vs employee? Our team was humble and shy but hopefully, we were able to communicate our gratitude for providing such a comfortable and enjoyable experience in a demanding environment. They did deliver an A+ service, truly :)

    After saying farewell to the camping staff, Lucio took us by bus to the salt mines of Maras. Yummy!!! These mines were active in Pre-Inca times and are still operating using the same evaporation method. No machinery required to harvest salt from the 3000 pools. The spring fed pools are not as salty as the ocean but still pretty darn good. I bought some salt for the kitchen at home!
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  • Day147

    Salineras de Maras

    April 4 in Peru

    On our next stop we have come across another way of extracting salt in South America.
    This time is through evaporation and the scale of those mines are huge. Around 3 000 pools are spread across hillside with a saline water filling them up. The whole process takes about 30-40 days and can be done only throughout the dry season.
    The site did look impressive and we even tasted the stream of salty water.
    As our tour guide is very strict with timing, making sure we arrive to the last site on time, we had a quick walk around for picture taking before we headed for well deserved lunch in Urubamba.
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