Animals in the desert.

We met a few animals in the desert. Most of them were domestic, like goats and mules.DSCF0119DSCF0195

What they found to eat is difficult to understand.

I am not sure about the camels we saw if someone owned them or if they were wild.DSCF0143DSCF0248

I saw a few lizards, but they moved so fast I was not able to take pictures of them. But a beetle was more cooperative.DSCF0286

Handicraft center, Urubamba Valley.

On our way to Macchu Picchu we stopped at a handicraft center by the road. They showed every step of textile production from animal (lama, alpakka and vicuna) to finished product.

The location and buildings were actually very nice.

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We came in close contact with the animals and they were clearly used to people.

I was facinated by the smallest, the vicuna. It gives the most expensive wool, I was offered a sweater for USD 4000,- and declined! They live in the Andes at up to 5000 meters above sea level. They are beautiful animals!

The yarn was coloured with natural dyes, and it was a large varity of colours.

The last stage was the weaving, and the looms were fairly basic, while the colours were more visible.

They are definitely not afraid of using bright colours!

An interesting stop, I enjoyed it!

Cuzco. First visit.

ACuzco is the capital in the old Inca empire and we were there twice. First a few hours on our way to Urubamba Valley and then on our way back. We took a walk in the old city and that had narrow streets and small houses.

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We also went through a samll local mafrket with several stalls and characters, n as usual I took more pictures of people than merchandise.

We also met our first lamas.

 

Elephant safari in Kazaringa National Park.

Kazaringa National Park is on the south shore of Brahmaputra and is the home of several animals. The rarest one is the white rhino, the ones that is hardest to see are tigers and leopards. We did not see them either.

We had an elephant safari in the park at sunrise, and just coming to the starting point in the morning mist was special.

We were two or three on each animal pluss the “driver” the maut, and a couple of the animals had a child that followed their mother.

The first animals we met were the white rhinos, and they ignored us completely. One of the elephant kids was curious, but the rhino was not interested. They have poor eyesight, we were told.

We also met some other animals, and they were not scared at all.

As a bonus we had the sunrise.

When we “disembarked” I saw a sign showing the maximum water level for the river. When the snow melts in the Himalayas, the water level in Brahmaputra rises, and it floods the surroundings. The water level can inrease with 8 meters and the amount of water may be increased 10 times.

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Another very special experience, a young boy’s dream coming true.

 

Nagarhole.

Nagarhole is a national park and wild animals lived there and we had a jeep safari criss-crossing the park. Of course we hoped to see leopards or other exotic animals, but we were not that lucky. Here is a selection of animals we did see:

Monkeys wereboth inside and outside the park, actually quite a few were often right outside my cabin door.

One of the more spectacular sights was a small temple in the middle of the park and I found the contrast between the painted and ornate temple and the vegetation interesting.

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One sort of tree bloomed with very red flowers with no leaves.

Of course I hoped we could see more animals, it was long periods in the car we did not see any at all. But the temple was remarkable.