Month: March 2008
…..taking a picture while one is being taken:
Abancay is in the valley of eternal spring – Valle de la Eterna Primavera – en route from Nasca to Cusco. Soon after leaving Nasca the road ascends very steeply from about 600m above sea level to more than 4500m. Once up on the plateau this is what it looks like:
…and when approaching Abancay:
This is an article that is well worth a read – no further comments at this stage, it’s just a little bit of history repeating:
Colonos are on the road, doing field work, research, networking with people and helping to organise a conference.
There is a widespread notion of Peru as a dangerous place to travel in – an aggressive people with nothing to lose (or whatever “thinking” might be at the heart of the matter) just waiting to rob and “rape all the women”, as I overheard one backpacker skyping home saying, perhaps to emphasise how brave they were, having travelled in super deluxe (“the most expensive to be safe”) air-con, luggage scanning and face videoing bus services. While Peru surely has places that not even the police would want to go to, it is far from the truth that Peru is a dangerous place any more so than, say, London or Berlin. There are regions that used to be rather dodgy, where bandits or freedom fighters, or a mixture of the two, and corrupt police would pose serious threats, but Peru is a well policed and disciplined country nowadays, for better and worse.
Peruvians are a warm, sexy and happy people, if one should venture a generalisation….