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Until the coming of the Spanish, the native Indios had no wheels, no animals to pull heavy loads, no tools made from hard metals. Yet before and during the rule of the Incas they accomplished some wondrous feats. Including terracing the sides of mountains at 12,000 feet and up- for farming.



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Aug 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
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Charlie, what vegetation was growing on the terraces when you were there? I really like the contrasts in topography and textures here.
Douglas



Aug 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
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A nice picture, Charlie. My wife was a archaeologist in Peru and I lived there with her when she was running those projects. This is a nice reminder of very fun but, sometimes hard, times.


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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Peru- Farming in the High Andes


Looks like a lot of work. Nice shot.
Greg



Aug 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Peru- Farming in the High Andes


Thanks Douglas, WC and Greg.
I never found out what they grew in all the terraces, but it was probably the same as for hundreds of years: potatoes, maize and quinoa- a nutritious type of grain.
Everything in the lives of the Indios was- and still is- difficult. Modern progress has mostly left them behind; walking and farming at such high elevations is very demanding physically. Among the physical characteristics they've developed over thousands of years of living in the high Andes is: They are short people, with very short-but-strong legs and large chest cavities (necessary because of the relative lack of oxygen where they live).
Charlie



Aug 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Peru- Farming in the High Andes


Nice shot Charlie.

John



Aug 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM





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