sneak peak: Tupe-Yauyos
Three days later, we packed our bags and hopped on a bus for a few hours to Cañete.
Thus began our wondrous adventure to document the rare "cultural island" of Tupe in the Andean region of Lima.
|Several buses, and one dodgy hotel in Imperial later...
|we finally haggled a taxi-driver down to 80 soles to drive us an hour up the mountain to a town called Aiza about 2,500 ft above sea level- where the road ends and the 2.5 hour hike up to Tupe begins...
|we decided to stay in Aiza for the night to enjoy the scenery, meet some new people, and join in the festivities there.
|Tito, our taxi-driver-turned-friend wearing my jacket a little too well.
|drinking rum by the moonlight
|After a delicious fire-cooked dinner of yuca and beef stew , it was time for music and dancing- "Vaca Tacqui"
|the dancing was never-ending
|The typical local liqueur, "quemadito" and "chamiscol", (made from surrounding herbs and pisco or rum), was hot and delicious
|sum good shit
|9AM the next day, we were ready to tackle 2.5-hour climb up the mountain to Tupe strapped with about 20 kilos of weight on our backs. (cameras, laptop, etc) It was tough, but a truly amazing hike.
|Took a break under the waterfall to relax, wash up and sun-bathe for an hour. Ah, the joys of travelling with someone who's not in a rush.
|sweet relief when we saw this sign.
|Some shots from the Haerranza, "branding" of the cows- very interesting ritual, stay tuned for the real pics
|a lil bit of cow blood to decorate my face...
|some singing, dancing, drinking and eating after we climbed back down the mountain and the party still rages on!
|It was cold, but the chamiscol and dancing made our scarves fly off in no time.
|then it was time to leave... it was hard to let go.
|stay tuned for the real pics. Like I said, you ain't seen nothin' yet...