Peru, the Rio Marañon. Day 17, 10/15/15


Camp #17, at Don Felipe’s farm, Quebrada Congrejo

Zacarias, ever thoughtful, carried my overly-heavy river bag to our camping spot under Don Felipe’s mango trees. But we had dinner at the beach, where Pedro cooked a Peruvian classic – Lomo saltado. It’s stir-fried beef and vegetables, with rice. And Kathy uncorked a bottle of pisco, the Peruvian national drink, which added to the good spirits. Pisco is the product of distilling grape skins, after the grape juice has been removed. It’s similar to the Italian brandy known as grappa, but has less alcoholic content. The wind had been blowing all day, and we were grateful to be camping in the shelter of the orchard.

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Lime tree and coca

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Wood mortar, with the wooden pestle and other implements leaning against the tree

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Tents under the mangos

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Cerro Colorado, to the northwest.

Don Felipe had a good-sized farm, which he said took 5 persons to operate. It took 5 hours to bring produce to market, at the town of Congrejo, straight uphill from here.

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Left to right: Me, Don Felipe’s wife, Don Felipe’s right-hand man and Don Felipe

Cerro Colorado

From downstream of Don Felipe’s farm, Cerro Colorado,

Cerro Metaca Chica. This is a side-view, from downstream, of the 13, 000' peak described as a huge inclined slab, in the prior post. Here, we see the broken-off upper end of the slab.

Cerro Metaca Chica. This is a side-view, from downstream, of the 13, 000′ peak described as a huge inclined limestone slab in the prior post. Here, we see the cliffs that are the broken-off upper end of the slab.

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Cliff-dwellings, at the Rio Sute, on river-right.

same as above

same as above

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Grazing trails

 

Rainy mountain, east of the village of Jecumbui

Rainy mountain, east of the village of Jecumbui

Mountain wall, 13,385' in height, east of Jecumbiui

Mountain wall, 13,385′ in height, east of Jecumbui

Mountain to the north of Jecumbui. The parallel furrows indicate that this mountain face is, again, a tilted limestone slab

Mountain to the north of Jecumbui. The parallel furrows seen here indicate that this mountain face is, again, an inclined limestone slab, which erodes in this fashion.

We camped a short ways downstream of Jecumbui, just above the mouth of the Rio Llanten. Here is the link to the following post:

https://believesteve.org/2015/12/26/peru-the-rio-maranon-day-18-101615/

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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