National Geographic : 1934 Jan
A FORGOTTEN VALLEY OF PERU @ Aerial Explorations, Inc. THE CRATER SEEMS A SENTINEL IN A COAL-BLACK SEA OF EBONY WAVES The overlay of lava, "frozen" in its swirling tracks, is from 20 to 50 feet deep. The surf effect is enhanced by occasional crests of gray. The maze of flows makes travel tortuous in this part of Colca Valley, and a day's journey of ten miles over the few trails that skirt the edges is good going on muleback. Faintly discernible is cactus growth. Dios! They would drink all my liquor, steal all my trade goods!" Groaning and creaking, the massive wooden gates at the entrance to the patio were swung shut. Apparently we were in for a siege. We sat there in the dark for several hours. Rifle shots sounded in the distance. Then some one from beyond the gate yelled that the patrol had left and headed back toward the railway. As far as Chivay was concerned, the revolution was over. The candles were relit; then we had a laugh. Under cover of darkness the native mes senger, who had remained in the room, had finished all but two of the bowls of stew! Much of our time in Chivay was spent in running down "landing fields." The natives, who could not understand that we required a stretch of level ground at least a half mile in length, insisted on showing us many impossible locations. After four or five hours' riding we would come upon some little patch of pampa, crowded in be tween high alluvial fans, where one could not have landed even an autogiro! When we inquired about the lower valley, which from the air had seemed the most likely section, violent jealousy of the other vil lages would throw the people of Chivay into speech almost apoplectic. THE ROCKY ROAD TO LARI We should have pushed directly down the valley, had not the mules we had come in with been sent back to Arequipa. The few local mules were inferior beasts, small and skinny, incapable of a long trip.