Beyond the Mountains
Trekking is not just about mountains and
rugged terrain. Some parts of the Peruvian coast
combine the vast and apparently empty desert with the jagged
coastline to create extraordinarily beautiful natural scenarios
for hikers. One such spot is the Paracas desert
south of Lima and Bayovar,
in the northern department of Piura.
On the other side of the Andes, along the
steep eastern slopes, drenched by the constant rains from
the Amazon plains, spreads the cloud forest.
This land of impenetrable forests is believed to be the last
refuge for a unique wildlife (orchids, bromeliads
and tree-born ferns) and unique species on the verge
of extinction (the spectacled bear, the dwarf deer
and the yellow-tailed choro monkey). This area formed part
of the vast and complex network of pre-Colombian roads
that linked the highlands to the jungle. One of these routes
leads to Kuelap, the Chachapoyas
fortress deep in the jungle department of Amazonas.
Other fascinating routes in the eastern Andes
include the trails that descend to the east of Cuzco
and Puno, and make up spectacular, little-known
circuits for trekking enthusiasts.
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