El Portal de Marquez
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... we get through the road along the river following the heavy rain, we had road along this last night and the river was rising. But it was OK as we headed on our way crossing stream in the road as we went.
The weather improved as we headed along the valley to Leimebamba were we stocked up on Snickers and crisps. Then we started climbing and climbing.
We thought heading out to Cajamarca to see where Atahaulpa the last Incan king died at the hands of the Spanish would be a good idea. The bus ride here was long and we travelled back up through mountain ranges to a hight of just under 3000m again. The weather looked clod and I swear the bus drove through some snowy patches. We took a day bus, first in ages and arrived at around 5:30pm, with the sunlight fading we rushed around looking for somewhere to stay. Believe it ...
Up early to find a day tour for today
This morning I'm heading to Cumbe Mayo, a 3000 year old aqueduct.
First stop is a view back over Cajamarca. Cajamarca means frost place, one year a frost killed all the plants and since there is only one planting season, this caused a problem.
I'm glad that I took a tour. There was no way I would have found the aqueduct ...
... 8211; maybe they block them internally at night
when it’s cold and open them only in the day?
The valleys changed to drier chalkier landscape as we
progressed so no sheep – had been great to see from the bus the ladies weaving
on traditional hand looms and hand spinning wool. Even in town, many women have
a long stick of white fluffy candy floss – the stick is long so they can tuck
it in the armpit and ...
... where the Inca had a carved stone seat where he could look at the entire valley. Indeed it was a spectacular vista and well worth the extra time. We drove around the Plaza de Armas and saw some of the major churches, but as we are not overly into churches this trip we were satisfied with the drive around the plaza. We returned to Otuzco to find a delicious meal of chicken cooked with peaches, rice and a vegetable stir fry. After a rest I went for ...