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Tierra del Fuego Article

Postby summitrunner » Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:35 pm

http://summitdaily.com/article/20070114 ... /101140038

I figured some of you that are heading south this season would be interested in this story!
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Los Andes

Postby Bullwinkle » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:47 pm

Traveling for the primary purpose of trekking, use the Inca Trail to the maximum extent. Very scenic, but be very careful with current political unrest. There have been serious terrorist movements in the past along the route in Peru (Sendero Luminoso and Tupac Amaru).

When I lived in Lima the Peruvians used to joke that the Incas could send a message via a series of runners (much like the Pony Express) from Quito to Cuzco faster than one could mail a letter from Lima to Cuzco. They normalized grades very well and built trails that have held up for hundreds of years. Construction is much better than the Colorado Trail or the Rainbow Trail. It runs between the Cordillera Negra on the west and the Cordillera Blanca on the east in Peru where the Andes split in two. From Cuzco you can cross over to Puno and the altiplano of Bolivia, or continue south into northern Chile, where the Inca Trail peters out.

Into the Bolivian altiplano the indigenous people are known as Aymara. The Inca empire once extended from around Quito to northern Chile. Then the Mapuche (Araucanos) pick up, at times on both sides of the Andes (Chile and Argentina). In Patagonia were the Alacaluf and the Yagan, then the Ona in Tierra del Fuego.

From northern Peru through northern Chile the prevailing winds are from east to west. This makes the coastal regions in these latitudes as dry or dryer than the Sahara desert. The ONLY green one will see is in the river valleys that fall to the sea. The Cordillera Blanca and east has adequate water. The Cordillera Negra is fairly dry, giving way to parched along the coastal plains. So be very careful in water management. Also be careful of heavy metals in some of the rivers.
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