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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Ollantaytambo: Photo 4

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And here is a tributary of the Urubamba. It's the Patacancha, leading east to the Amazon rain forest, which is only 40 miles thataway but a lot longer by road. (Try four hours to Challabamba at the forest's edge.) We'll head up the Patacancha Valley in a bit but must first dutifully explore the place we came to see.

Ever seen terraces on this scale? Certainly not in Bali or Luzon or whatever other paddy-growing paradise you treasure. No wonder the local name for these terraces is andene, Spanish for platform. Perhaps the wonder is why the Spanish name prevails locally for terraces unlike any in Spain.

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