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Published: February 16th 2009
Wow! Who created this dramatic walkway? And what is the meaning of this snake fountain?
This blog is about the non-tourist parts of Pisaq. I took photos that suit the geography classroom. I am curious about the quality of life of the people who live in these communities. The Sacred Valley is a hotspot for tourists around the world. The Peruvian government or the people who own LAN airplanes and PeruRail are charging premium rates to transport tourist to and from MachuPicchu. They are making a lot of profit. To support the demands of tourists from Europe and North America infrastructure has been built and services established, e.g. hotels with hot showers, five star restaurants, airconditioned buses, good roads, bank machines, tourist markets. I wonder how the people in the community feel about the injection of such things? If they benefit from it, e.g. good roads, then they will be happy. If they feel excluded, i.e. the too high price of the tourist train, they might feel resentful. I would.
Walking along the streets, I wish there was a sign I could wear on my clothes that would identify me as not one of the two-week, lots of cash, eager to pay for entertainment-kind-of-tourist.
I wonder how much of the profit from tourism trickles down to
Stream and water pipe
There must be a lot of water going through the village certain times of the year. I wonder who designed the paved roads and why? for tourists or locals?
the ordinary people of Peru?
Yesterday I walked around Pisaq and saw some of the nicest urban street infrastructure that I have seen; the streets near the market were beautifully drained. Yet above the village, in a stream, I saw a woman wash the family laundry. Most of the housing seemed to be from the past, and with the chickens, dogs and pigs in the village, there was a sense that most people lived a peasant life. By that I mean that they consumed very little power and did not create carbon emissions the way that North Americans do. From the outside, the village looks peaceful, but I wonder if the teenagers in jeans carrying cell phones are happy here?
Garbage disposal was archaic, and it renewed my decision to drink bottle water. I wish the Peruvian government would put some of the profit from tourism into water and sewage systems in the rural communities, and create sustainable garbage removal. I wish there was a program to neuter dogs and shelter the ones on the street. As a visiter who walks off the beaten track, I can only observe infrastructure and services and hope that my tourist dollar eventually improves
Besides the thin water channels in the roads, there were various designs in the stone.
life for the locals.
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