Sunday, March 15, 2009

Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric

A good start to the day after a magnificent thunderstorm last night... banana crepes with chocolate drizzle. Then we strapped on our backpacks and headed for Hydroelectric at the back of the base of Manchu Picchu. We are told this will be a 3 hour trek... it took us about 2.5 hours.

It started out as a rather a somber walk through the OLD Santa Teresa that was hit by a landslide some 10 or 20 years ago that almost wiped out the whole population of 2000 people. The community seems to be thriving again though... in part to tourism, agriculture and the hot springs.

We came across a small village where there was a couple puppies playing, an inquisitive kitty and a busy flock of chickens scampering about searching for food.

Then a few more minutes up the road we came across this amazing cavern spewing out an enormous amount of water at the base of the mountain. I won't forget the roaring sound this faucet made as it exited the mountain.

We arrived at Hydroelectric and were required to sign in as this was a checkpoint for the Manchu Picchu area. There was also a number of small vendors set up to sell their crafts and food. We stopped for a rest and a long lunch here before venturing off on the last segment to Aquas Caliente.