A quick day trip

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Another early wakeup cause the customer wanted to check some stuff.  I thought it would take a couple hours but it ended up taking 7.  We got there at 6 am so we still had an afternoon.  Daniel wanted to go to this place called Porcon (Por Cone).  The turn off for it was on the way back from the mine and I had my camera with me so I was all for it. 

 

The road to this place was basically an off road trail for about 15 miles.  The ride sucked but being able to see the back country of this area was worth it.  The sun was out, first time since I have been here, and it is amazing the colors of green that this place holds.

The Porcon landscape
  There is somewhat of a gate that they will charge you three sols (about a buck US) to get through to continue on. 

 

We arrived in this very small town and ate lunch at the restaurant (yes I only saw one) that serves trout.  Now this may not be a big deal for most of you but there is really not much seafood in this town due to the fact that they usually only cook what is readily available.  From what I heard this is one of the few places in Peru that serves it cause they catch it in the river that runs through it.  It was actually very good and I would have it again if I ever went back.

 

This is a very small farming community that is almost all self sustained on hydroelectric power.  They have even planted there own trees so they can cut those down and minimize the impact on the environment and keep it as close to natural as possible.  I read that they are government subsisted to help them also.  The main attraction is the zoo though.  Now when I heard we going to check out the zoo I was thinking, “Great, there will be some local birds and some small local animals.”  I was very wrong.  Though it did have the previous mentioned but it also had these monkeys which were very friendly and would take the food right out of your hand.  There were bears, leopards, a lion, a condor, a puma, and a ton of other exotic animals not native to Peru.  Did I mention they charged nothing to get in?  It is pretty haplessly built though.  The only thing between you and a Leopard is a chain link fence wired to some posts.  One of the guys I was with leaned over to take a look and I guess got a little too close to the freaking huge cat and the Leopard growled as he lunged at him hitting the fence about a foot from his face.  Being the nice guys that we are we laughed for about five minutes at his genius.

 

We were there for about three hours before we headed back.  Our driver took us a different way out than we came in and we went through what I would call a village.  It is hard to believe on how simple these people live and they are always smiling as you drive past them walking up and down the road.  I saw a family trying to walk a small heard of cattle up a steep hill that I would have to think about trying to climb and another kid getting his sheep off the road by hitting them with a stick.  PETA would go nuts on this place.  This was one trip I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in Cajamarca to take.  There are very few places with the scenery and culture that this place holds.

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Nice kitty...
Nice kitty...
The Porcon landscape
The Porcon landscape
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photo by: AndySD