Hotel Costa Del Sol Cajamarca
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... five miles in length. The aqueduct collected water from the Atlantic watershed and redirected it on its way to the Pacific Ocean. It is thought to have been constructed around 1500 B.C. First we walked down the hill to the first set of rock formations where we saw some petroglyphs carved into a cave around 3000 years ago. Then to get to the valley we had to pass through the rock formation by squeezing through a very tight cave space. Vicki put her light on at one ...
... clearest one.
Unfortunately we had to rush around as people had been late
and we had a stupidly long stop to look at the view over town and buy coca
chicle (coca leaf chewing gum). Had I known there were going to be so many
locals out begging around the site I might have brought some of the
complimentary soaps I’ve been gathering to dish out to the grubbiest
individuals – there is obviously no shortage of water!
At the end we got to ...
... br> Currently trying to decide whether to adventure into the far northern highlands to visit a shaman. I feel I should, given that’s what my dissertations was on but it’s one hell of mission to get there (15 hours each way). Met a lot of people (including an almost 6 foot 32 year old British woman who invited me to stay in her room that night... I declined) ...
Getting from Vilcabamba to Cajamarca involved 4 buses and a middle of the night border crossing (actually a good time to do it with no queuing or pushy touts). Our final bus turned out to be a bit of a treat, travelling VIP - we got lunch included and had huge comfy chairs. A big difference from the night bus where two young girls spent half the journey running up the aisle and giggling whilst their parents seemed not to notice how disruptive they were being ...
... in the
north had taken his army to some local hot springs when the Spanish had
turned up. I was comically imagining the Inca leader scrubbing his back
in and open pool while vast swathes of Spanish warriors turn up. "We're hear to conquor you""Ah, I see", says the Inca leader looking at his scrubbing brush then
around at his troops floating in the water. "Could you give us a moment?"
From what ...