Peru, the Rio Marañon. Days 14 – 15, 10/12 – 13/15


We had no whitewater on Day 14 but grand scenery, as always.

Leaving Camp #13, upstream view

Leaving Camp #13, upstream view, in Cañon Asconta

Quartzite strata in a nearby mountainside

A massive quartzite stratum in a nearby mountainside

Vegetation

Vegetation on a rock hillock

Soft red sandstone, just as we see in Utah and Arizona

Soft red sandstone, just as we see in Utah and Arizona

The town of Calemar

The town of Calemar, on river-right

A rocky hill across the river, with the massive Cerro Ladera Grande behind. At 11,614', it rises 7,927' above the river. The altitude of the river at Calemar is 3,687'.

A rocky hill across the river, with the massive Cerro Ladera Grande behind. At 11,614′, it rises 7,927′ above the river. The altitude of the river at Calemar is 3,687′.

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A bridge is under construction at Calemar. Here, burros deliver cement to the riverside, to be ferried across on rafts.

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A Rufescent Tiger-heron stands upon freshly bull-dozed cobble.

We turn a corner, the canyon narrows and we come upon these cliff-side springs

We turn a corner, the canyon narrows and we come upon these cliff-side springs

The valley of the Rio Chugson, to the west

The valley of the Rio Chusgon, to the west

The Rio Chusgon enters on river-left

The Rio Chusgon enters on river-left

Agaves (?) on wall

Vegetation on wall

The canyon narrowed again, with walls of folded limestone.

Folded limestone

Folded limestone

Folded limestone

More folded limestone

More limestone

And yet more folded limestone

Chicuaya, on river-right

Chicuaya, on river-right

Approaching the Rio Santa Maria, our lay-over camp

Approaching the Rio Santa Maria, our lay-over camp location

A curved raft

A curved raft

Looking back upstream and to the east

Looking back upstream and to the east. A mango orchard on a knoll  is irrigated by an acequia. A farmer burns a field on the canyonside. The peak is Cerro Chillen, 12,828′

Little blue heron

Little blue heron

A straw hut, on river-left

A straw hut, on river-left

 Limestone wall

A vertical limestone wall

The mouth of the Rio Santa Maria and a motorized boat

More vertical limestone, opposite the mouth of the Rio Santa Maria, and a motorized boat

The lay-over camp, under the mango trees

The lay-over camp (#14 and #15), under the mango trees. Pedro is sitting on a bag of fertilizer, Nate is at the table and Artie to the right. Burros raided the kitchen the first night, so we put up a rope barrier for the second night.

A lay-over means you stay at a camp for more than one night. For my part, I lay around for two days giving my feet a break. Others visited a village a little ways up the valley, and some of the villagers visited us. Zacarias caught fish in the creek with his hands, and made a soup, which was very tasty. Zacarias and I had bonded. We would kid around alot, using a little Spanish and a lot of gestures. He was very solicitous of my well-being. Here is the link the following post:

https://believesteve.org/2015/12/24/peru-the-rio-maranon-day-16-101315/

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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