June 09, 2010

Peru: Yanahuara

Outside Arequipa, we stopped into a nursery outside Yanahuara with views of volcanos ....

 ... and exotic fruits and vegetables.
We learned about maca (Lepidium Meyenii), a root with great medicinal and nutritive properties that grows at high altitudes (12,800 - 14,800 feet).  We were also offered coca leaves in various forms to alleviate altitude sickness, depression and pain.
 The small town featured fine examples of the white sillar stone used in so many buildings here and in Arequipa.

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