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The White Heron

// April 7th, 2014 // No Comments » // Legends Peru

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On an Ucayali river tributary used to live a modest married couple that had a daughter and two sons. Blanca (white) which was the girl’s name would always wear a white dress and was very dutiful, reason why her mother loved her very much. Plus, she had the ability to eat any kind of fish with a lot of ease no matter how many bones they may have.

Her siblings hated her so much that agreed between them, with the least bit of remorse, to find a warlock so that they could turn her into a bird.

Indeed, the warlock, taking advantage of the dark night, turned the girl into a beautiful white heron, just like the color of her dress and doomed her to live in the lake and river shores, feeding herself only with fish.

The chama natives of the Ucayali region have a lot of faith in that legend, because when a white heron flies over their huts singing its characteristic sound: cau cau cau, they immediately make their children swallow their saliva so that they won’t choke when eating fish.

It is said that this is why our natives have great ease in eating fish.

Source: Peruvian myths, legends and tales (Jose Maria Arguedas)

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The Capac Ñan

// March 20th, 2014 // Comments Off // Destinations in Peru

 

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Capac Ñan is the name given to the ancient Inca Trail, although to be more precise, this name does relate to one trail but to a network of trails that add up to around 25,000 kilometers (15,534 miles) of extension.

Its extension could be compare to ten times the journey between Tumbes (furthest northern province of Peru) to Tacna (furthest southern province of Peru) through the Pan-American highway.

Pedro Cieza de Leon, a Spanish soldier that came along with the conquistadors through the main trail of the highlands in 1540 wrote:

“I doubt there’s any record of another trail comparable to this one, crossing deep valleys and rising above the highest mountain and through tons of snow, swamps, rocks and turbulent rivers”.

Cieza de Leon was hallucinating with the magnificent engineering work that had to major roads: the Capac Ñan that went from Cuzco (Peru) to Quito (Ecuador), and another one that made the same journey in parallel along the coast.

A lot of the sections of the Capac Ñan can be done by foot nowadays, on a true journey though the amazing Peruvian geography.

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Source: Sumaq Magazine.

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Peru Travel: Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve

// January 23rd, 2014 // Comments Off // Destinations in Peru

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The Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve is one of the preferred destinations for those visiting Iquitos. To roam around it is an adventure for traveler’s looking for amazing nature, due to its magnificent biodiversity.

To navigate along the rivers that cross it, the Pacaya and the Samiria, is to immerse yourself on a mirror jungle, name that has been given to it due to the clear reflection of the sky on its waters.

This charming destination also has an important diversity of flora and fauna, so if you visit this beautiful site we recommend spending at least three days to be able to take it all in.

In Pacaya Samiria temperatures average 28 C° (82 F°) and humidity ranges from 80% to 90% year round. Between June and September rains are less frequent, but never fully stop.

Pacaya Samiria houses five hundred twenty seven bird species, one hundred and two species of mammals, sixty nine species of reptiles, fifty eigth species of amphibians, two hundred sixty nine species of fish, and one thousand and twenty five of threatened and endangered species such as the black caiman, the manatee, the charapa (land turtle), the maquisapa (monkey), the pink dolphin, the jaguar, among many others.

Source: Peruvian Amazon Guide (Rafo Leon)

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The Enchanted City

// December 23rd, 2013 // Comments Off // Legends Peru

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Hundreds of years ago there was a beautiful city with straight streets and fancy buildings, it was the ancient Saposoa.

This city was located in the headwaters of the Saposoa River, but years later in colonial times, the Spaniard captain Lope de Aguirre, adventurous and hungry for wealth, reached this city. The inhabitants, upon seeing him with a beard, blue eyes and regal clothing, were spooked and hid in the church, which was fully decorated in gold and silver.

Captain Lope de Aguirre, who had a right arm shorter than his left and a considerable stature, took advantage of the fear of the inhabitants and headed to the temple where they were hiding, fearing his presence all villagers run in fear towards the forest.

Lope de Aguirre went into the church; picked up all the idols and left. Close to the temple’s entrance there was a small puddle, where Lope, burdened with the weight he was carrying dropped one of the idols, which drop to the bottom of the puddle. Few hours later the small puddle started to get bigger and bigger with a foam swirl in the surface. The puddle turned now into a lagoon swallowed the ancient city of Saposoa, which was forever enchanted, with no one being able to reach it after that.

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Legends of Peru: The Curi Yacu

// October 17th, 2013 // Comments Off // Legends Peru

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Tells the story that Juan Antonio Pineda Panduro was an honest farmer and that in his youth he hunted quite a lot. One morning he asked his mom for permission to go search for deer, and after she put half a dozen boiled eggs on his pack and a couple of ripe bananas he head toward the Cumbaza creek and went up stream  until reaching the point where it met several other creeks. Suddenly, we saw in the water tony golden fish and eager to catch them went after them, but the little fish as if they could guess the young man’s intentions squirmed and led him to a dark water hole. Pineda found with surprise, lying on the bottom of the hole, a huge bright black bull that was dripping a yellow liquid.

Trying to gather himself he started to look closer. The bull remained on the same position, the same place, and suddenly realized that the spot where the animal’s drool landed was full of gold nuggets. Happy with his findings he decided to head back home.

He hadn’t walked that far when a terrible wind blew, along with thunders and lightings, which wouldn’t allow him to go any further. Pineda, figured it was impossible to continue walking and decided to throw the gold nuggets to the creek. Immediately after doing this the storm stopped and the skies cleared, and the hunter was able to reach his town.

Ever since them the creek where he left the gold nuggets is called Curi Yacu, which means river of gold.

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Atun Irca Native

// September 3rd, 2013 // Comments Off // Legends Peru

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On the Cayacata mountain, which rises west of the Yupan town, a long time ago a native family lived, mother, father and two children. On this desolated site water was scarce, and so to find it dwellers had to walk around 2 kilometers, until reaching the neighboring mountain called Creston.

Near the center of this mountain two streams of clear water run down, the native eager to own these water source that not only quenched his thirst and his family’s but which also fertilized his land, wanted to divert the course towards a cliff to avoid it being used by the neighboring town, that dwelled at the foot of the mountain.

His ill will was punished by the Sun God, all of a sudden, the streams of water disappeared and with great surprise and grief from the native and his family, who now had to come down the steep slopes until reaching the shores of the Santa River in the opposite side of the mountain.

On its continues travels, the native cursed his bad fortune and the gods, until finally, tired from so much suffering he decided to end his life, throwing himself from the top of the mountain rolling downhill until reaching the foot of the mountain, or ravine, where he can now be found turned into stone, and now called by the local the Atun Irca native.

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Travel to Peru: Peruvian Amazon

// August 26th, 2013 // Comments Off // Destinations in Peru

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2012 was without a doubt an excellent year for the Tambopata Natural Reserve, this beautiful reserve located in the Madre de Dios department of Peru.

Its marvelous landscapes drew in around 33 000 visitors and for 2013 an increase of 10% is expected.

The best time to visit this beautiful place is between June and October, and to get there you can take a flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado or from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado. To enter the reserve you must board a motor boat and then venture along its trails.

Its main attractions are Sandoval Lake, Cocococha, Sachavacayoc, Condenada I and II, and the Chuncho and Colorado clay licks. Here you can appreciate the beauty of the macaws, parrots and many other birds that come to the clay licks.

Another attraction of the Tambopata Natural Reserve is its diverse flora and fauna. To truly enjoy this place it is recommend spending at least three days, but if you wish to reach the Colorado clay click then you will need at least 5 days as it is located further away.

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Source: El Comercio newspaper

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