World natural heritage-this status was gifted the Huascaran National Park UNESCO International Programme back in 1985. Almost 15 per cent of the area of the Park is occupied by everlasting glaciers formed and continue to form moist air masses in the Amazon.

Huascaran National Park

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The reserve is the name of the highest point of Peru, which includes. Huascaran mountain consists of two peaks-the North and South. Despite their status (protected area), Huascaran is literally covered with roads and paths, also allowed the rural activities of the indigenous descendants of the great and ancient cultures of Huari and Chavin, who to this day speak Quechua. The snowy peaks of the park once sacred before, are now the main source of income. Mining was the main thing of the Spanish conquerors in the Uaskarane. And to this day in the mountains after deep and narrow gape, terrible mine. And to this day, gold mining, but it is in the manual.

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Ridge, passing through North-South Huascaran and it generates, is the watershed between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. He divides the territory of Peru in two opposite areas-arid desert Pacific coast and rainforests of the Amazon. Here at the intersection of two of these zones is born the most important supply of fresh drinking water, not only for the region of Ancash, but also for the entire country. This stock-glaciers-similar to the radiant diamond Crown. Weirdly attractive place for mountain lovers and adventure.

East and West Uaskarana

From West to East the Huascaran permeate several roads. From the first meeting with the National Park, we realized that we want to try most of them. Of all the roads only one pass is fully sealed, the rest have asphalt fragmentary, are either not at all. This fact makes every intersection of the Cordillera in the great adventure.

The first pass greeted us sleet-despite the high quality of the road, it was a bit scary. It was the first snow for our motorcycle, and we really didn't know, "enjoy" does it to him. Snow quickly stopped to melt and already ten minutes start rebounding from the brilliant roads like peas. The Sun seemed to be just around the corner, its rays and then ill in narrow gaps in heavy clouds. We decided to wait for the weather change and enjoy the snow, which for so long not seen.

On the other side views the Cordillera suddenly changed. From the West it looked more harsher scowl. On the West side of rustic only in small villages. Here is quite rarely tourists and locals as very friendly and happy to outlandish guests.

North and South Huascaran National Park

In addition to differences in the Western and Eastern parts of the Uaskarana, a very strong difference between the northern and southern parts. The southern passes a little lower and not as severe, if slightly straightened the Andes here, while maintaining the sharpness of the peaks.

Interesting road (sometimes with this breaking and sometimes with perfect asphalt), ruins and archaeological sites, old abandoned and rare working gold mine, unique nature (it is here that we first saw the Condor), sincere locals, geology and glaciers (seems to be on steep slopes they stick to the pure magic), lagoons and rivulet variety of shades of blue and blue-blue sky-Huascaran National Park is a treasure chest. Sometimes we thought conceived a way to overcome the difficult or impossible, sometimes we froze, and sometimes got burned noses and cheeks. But now each route it (on a motorcycle or on foot) is a bright and warm memories, stirring the blood.

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Gocta cataracts. This name is suitable to the third waterfall height in the world could not be luchshhe. The waterfall consists of two stages, the first top-short and powerful, brings down tons of water with an incredible roar, like the first syllable of the name. Second-bottom-high and transparent, as the veil of the bride and soft as the ending.

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Goktu can be seen even from the cliffs opposite the banks of the river Utcubamba Province-waterfall really is huge, and the whole provinicija Amazonas is proud of them. The fact that it consists of two stages, prevrshhaet walk to it in the present day trekking, length of about 10 km and a height difference of 1.5 kilometers. In fact-this hike from one village to another, two cascade waterfall. The direction of this hike-up or down-depends on personal preferences ongoing. But whatever the village as a starting point-upper or lower San Pablo Kokachimba-not chosen would be going, you need to start early in the morning. The trail is especially pleasant, when you can feel a oneness with the world around you-no other tourists. Wet stones and Earth underfoot, suspended bridges over the turbulent River and the Emerald forest. The waterfall was known at the time of the Incas, but because sometimes you can meet plots Inca Trail connecting the two cascades. And here's the height and third world waterfall status identified more recently, some a few years ago.

Sunny weather-it's not required, plus on this trail. Of course, when the weather is sunny not so slippery, not so humid and boots could remain dry until a meeting with a waterfall, but rain is not a reason to be upset. Rain in these parts is able to donate more. During trekking, almost continuously heard the rumble and noise Gokty, but himself falls from the clouds opens at the most unexpected moments. You inadvertently stop, stopping each time among the moving clouds shows he … Majestic and powerful. At such moments, you can feel like a pioneer, can be enough to dream that nobody saw this stunning beauty but you.

Rain-frequent phenomenon-"include" smaller waterfalls in the Gorge of the river. Everything happens quickly, literally before our eyes. The greenery of the mountain ranges here and there start to "appear" smaller waterfalls. Where you held back on track to bridge rivers dry, already seething white water. Among the soaring clouds, it begins to seem that the forest, mountains slightly soar. All this seems like magic Pandora. Water everywhere, and the closer you get to the waterfall, so more of her in the air. Approach to upper cascade is almost impossible in the wet season-flow wind, mixed with water, literally knocked down. At the foot of the first cascade should be extremely careful. This natural attraction, fortunately, has not yet become a civilized tourist attraction. There are no guards, which in time will stop the gaper or handrails that are capable of not only spoil the appearance, but also limit the dangerous edge. Unfortunately, less than six months ago, the Gokte fell and died, a tourist from South Korea. In such a raging elements difficult to survive, so it is better to be careful in advance.

Gocta cataracts-this amazing miracle of our small and such a beautiful planet green.

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Majestic culture Chachapojja (which literally meant the cloud people) that existed in Northern Peru before the Incas studied by only 5-10 percent. Many traces they left in the mountains and the Amazon jungle. These traces of the drop by drop shed light on the amazing life of another continent. The largest track is the ancient city of Kuelap.

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For many years because of its inaccessibility Kuelap remained in oblivion. For a long time he was considered a military fort, and only in recent years, research was drawn by his true destiny.

City of Kuelap was primarily religious, commercial and cultural center. That this place was esteemed and other neighbouring cultures, say numerous finds of pottery, supplies and signs of nobility (the sink of the coast and the Amazon jungle bird feathers) variety of doinskih crops, but most importantly the tombstone according to the customs of chachapoja "foreigners". An attack is respected, appreciated their religion and from different provinces and cultures brought particularly venerated deceased to those were buried with honors of the cloud people.

The town is located at an altitude of 3000 m, among forests and cloud clouds themselves. Ordinary people did not live in it, but at any moment could hide from danger. The design was meant to serve as a reliable protection. Kuelap is the three terraces, the lower-base-oriented from North to South and is like a huge ship. The walls of the lower tier sometimes exceed 20 metres, and only two entrances lead inside, narrow enough so that the passage was carried out one by one. Kuelap was so brilliant and drainage water collection system that only now through 2 thousand years, when it was blocked and partially lost, the city began to incorporate rainwater and disintegrate.

In times of prosperity, cloud-based Citadel, a resident of her could only know the spiritual and cultural. Residential part of strengthening placed about four hundred small houses with conical roofs and zigzag friezes on the walls. Each repeats the same device-a place for fire and koridorchiki-shelter for Guinea pigs (kuev), which served as the main holiday meal. At the top level of the cities were ceremonial buildings and complexes.

Today we cannot learn much-what structures prevailed in the city, looked like his daily life and what it was. In fact, so far unknown reason on which the town was abandoned in the sixteenth century. On the tragic scene of the last day, when the city were killed by men from boys to old men, and then, the city was burned, archaeologists scratching their heads today. But walking through the terraces with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, among the small houses, distance between which sometimes does not exceed half a meter, it is impossible not to be surprised by the magnitude and some comfort enjoyed by city. And the road to it becomes a real adventure. Although, this adventure you will soon pass-gondola construction project almost completed the road, the difference of height of 900 meters.

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The final series for Ecuador.

In this series we share recipe fried salty banana, walk on Cuenca, visit the port town of Machala, go hiking in the National Park of El Cajas, visit the National Park of petrified trees in the Bosque Petrificado.

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If you find yourself in the point of intersection of the Panama Canal and the Pan-American Highway, then it will be Panama City is the capital of the country. Panama. For tautology can be put on Panama, although it does not come from here.

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It is here that geographically ends North America and South America begins. Two continent-are not just in one country, and in the same city.

Of course, physically, this is not felt. If you drive the entire Central America by land from the North to the South, Panama you almost cease to feel the boundaries that divide the State. All this is more like one country with a little bit of different villages, drawing on coins and prices.

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Panama country different from other historical presence of the United States. It's good to visibly even now. Especially, in Panama, the capital. Business Center entirely consists of high-rise buildings, which from afar-when viewed from the pedestrian Malikona, make this area like a piece of Hong Kong, brought and abandoned here somehow a tropical storm. But if you look closer, feeling the presence of Asia is superseded by the American spirit. Business centers look very slightly obsolete decorations movie. Here is the core of the famous Panamanian cosmopolitan flair-many nationalities, faiths, coexist with Catholicism and centroamerikanskim village, Indian persons, and of course, the concentration of Europeans and Americans is very great.

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Nevertheless, the spirit of Latin America felt in the capital. First and foremost, responsible for it historical center-Casco Viejo. In fact, it was built more than a hundred years after the founding of the city. And was not only the administrative center, but also a transit point for traders and dealers, and at times even pirates. Currently, this mix of expensive cafes and household ruins, flavored with cathedrals and some well-preserved intricate brickwork.

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And yet, despite the abundance of interesting places, Panama attracts tourists and wanderers primarily famous channel. Opportunity to look at the huge freighters and liners, which protiskivajutsja in the narrow passage between the two continents. That is, it is the rare place where ships are found circulating in all oceans, and all this can be seen with your own eyes. However, in contrast to the Suez Canal, where everything is open for any suffering, a canal in Panama, not easy accessible. Official viewing point to visit must be paid for.

Many travellers love this sun burnt and washed lingering tropical rains metropolis. But in our hearts he left almost no trace. Perhaps because of all the attention attracted by the Earth on the other side of the channel. Huge new continent on our way. Panama City was the US way because here we first were able to say: "Hi, South America!".

A short video about our trip in Panama

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