Peru - Colca Canyon
Canyons, Terracing, and Quakes

Andrys Basten, photos taken 5/17/97

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Terraced section at edge of canyon

We've finally left Condor Pass, reluctantly, about 20 minutes behind us.
    This is one of many views of terraced land, as there is hardly any land that is left unworked, 13,000 feet above sea level; few foods grow naturally that high.

    Colca Canyon, largely unknown outside Peru, is deeper than Grand Canyon and you can see, in the larger version of the photo at the left, that the edge of the terraced portion in this picture drops away suddenly.
    The shot was taken from yet another hill -- you can see sheep in the lower left hand corner.   (80k)

And for those with fast internet access (DSL/Cablemodem), here are a big enlargement (129k) and a huge enlargement   (267k) that give a better idea of what it feels like to be there.

  Terracing galore
Terracing and apparent earthquake effect
The beauty and energy of the terracing in Peru's highlands never ceased to amaze us. Even more amazing is the odd formation at the lower left and the accompanying fissure.

    The click-on, larger version of this shot focuses more on what must be nature's interruption at the lower left and shows better detail of the unsettling damage. (114k)

    Those with faster modems or connections might want to see the larger, more detailed version of the entire shot of this impressively terraced valley. What they've done is pretty stunning. Maximize your browser screen for this, as it fills the screen and then some. (244k)


A little further on, we stopped to see a view of an indian village in the narrow valley between rather impressive mountains. The camera encountered lingering morning haze. (No larger view for this one.)
Village between in narrow valley

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