National Geographic : 1933 Jan
AIR ADVENTURES IN PERU © Aerial Explorations, Inc. OIL DERRICKS AND STATIONS DOT TIHE DESERT NEAR TALARA Where only a few years ago was wind-blown waste, an extensive petroleum district now is being developed. Trucking trails lead from the outlying field units to the town, six hours by air north of Lima. Here Americans and Canadians have established a club with a swimming pool and have planted palm trees in defiance of the barren sands that stretch away to the horizon. one's ears, it is not strange that the ride seems to lead into an entirely different world-a world of burros and llamas, the trucks of Peru. Barefooted natives pad silently along street-car tracks. In the central plaza a cathedral is framed by luxuriant palm trees. Through graceful colonnades one glimpses modern shops; from one comes a phonograph's voice. Arequipa, which was to be our head quarters for nearly three months, is a min gling of past and present. On the out skirts, isolated by high walls, the Quinta Bates (estate) is an oasis to travelers. During our first week in Arequipa the two planes put in a total of 48 hours in the air, three-quarters of that time being flown above 17,000 feet and with the use of oxygen. OVER THE CRATER OI EL MISTI We shall never forget the flight which carried us over the crater of El Misti, which towers 19,170 feet above sea level, 11,670 feet above the city of Arequipa. In the clear air the huge cone seems to be right in Arequipa's back yard; yet in the Lima it took a full hour to climb from the airport to the level of Misti's serrated rim.