Sunday, December 6, 2009

Back to Peru and Kuelap ruins

After kilometres of desolate single lane dirt roads we came across La Balsa border crossing where it would appear that governments of both countries have banded together to build a multi-lane paved bridge with a sidewalk on either side over the river. We were expecting something a little more modest, since la balsa translates to the raft. During our two hour stay at the border we did not see one vehicle cross the bridge.

The countryside on the Peru side of the border was scattered with lush green rice paddies.

Sitting at an altitude of 3000 metres, Kuelap is a pre-inca site in Northern Peru thought to have been built over a period of 200 years between ~900-1100AD.

Part of the 585 metre long (110 metre wide) defensive wall which apparently contains 3 times more stone than the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt

Roasted Cuy (guinea pig), a local specialty

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