Lima has become the great and main city of Peru. Almost the third part of the population of the country lives here. The old central market for many years has been the heart of the limenian tradition.
The Nor Yauyos Cochas reserve is in the middle of the country, its importance is based on its history, nature, natural resources and landscapes, as not as other reserves, this is inhabitated by many communities, and is connected by gravel roads. Its sustainabilty is based on actions made by the government and the people themselves that take care of all the resources.
We left Tanta behind, and start the return back to Lima. The road begins to climb again to the next high pass before the road down to the coast and Huarochiri.
At 100 yards from the road we saw lot of people, that is not usual if we have in mind that in the Andes people live in vast areas, so we got approach, ask for permission to stay and shoot cameras, and then and spend some time with them observing the bath of sheeps.
Traveling to the main center of Peru, we went to Tanta village to be part of a new tourism activity arranged by the llama shepherd traders, they are working on keeping alive the ancient use of llamas for trading along the main Inca trail from Tanta to Jauja, passing by Pariacaca mountain.
Tanta is a village located in the middle of the Andes
Once the hills of the coast, start to become green in July, the “lomeros”, the transhumance people that use these lands, begin to descend with their animals from the Andes to spend the winter there. For centuries a way of life.
In between january and april shepherds from the western Andes live at highlands in the Andes along the whole country. Then the rain ends and dryness starts to reign, so in June when rain begins in the coast and practically everything is dry at the mountains, the families of lomeros start to prepare their stuff to come down to the coast. Usually is in august that they are at their camps along the “lomas”. the Peruvian coastal hills.