Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Scenes from Our Second Huancavelica Trip

Our second trip from Tarma to Huancavelica was just as awe-inspiring as the first. Here are a few scenic pictures from the second trip.

Fields of wheat and oats clung to the side of a mountain:

The outskirts of Jauja, the first Spanish capital of Peru and the location of an LDS ward:

Many of the fields were white, all ready for the harvest:

A small town north of Huancayo:

The rugged mountains through which we traveled:

More rugged mountains and valleys:

An old Spanish bridge where we crossed the Mantaro River at the town of Izcuchaca:

Looking downstream on the Mantaro River at Izcuchaca:

Later, as we drove up the side of the mountain, the Mantaro River proceeded through other towns way down in the valley:

The highest point of our trip was in the village of Pucaccocha, at about 14,000 feet above sea level. All the fences and many of the homes were made of rocks:

The village of Pucaccocha and the highway along which we traveled:

The highest mountain on our trip (about 17,500 feet), which peak we could barely see:

At this time of year, the climate in the Andes changes from the raining season (which the Peruvians call winter, even though it's the warm season) to the dry season (which they call summer, even though the nights are cold). The clouds are spectacular:

When summer comes, we're going to miss those beautiful clouds in the Peruvian skies.

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