Through the Patapampa

October 24th, 2006

We left Arequipa in the early morning to head to Chivay, a town in the mountainous north of the department of Arequipa and one that is close to the Colca Canyon.
The journey was made interesting by the regular sightings of Vicuñas, Alpacas and Llamas.
Halfway along the journey we crossed the highest point on the road at about 4800m above sea level. Here the locals have a centuries old tradition of piling rocks upon each other to mark their passing through this point.

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