Latin America Regional Specialist Tanya Rao just returned from our "Argentinian Patagonia: Hiking Glaciers and Exploring Lakes" trip with some great photos that we just had to share!
You'd expect to find camels in Morocco's dunes, the colorful fairs of India, and Asia's arid steppes. But in Patagonia? You bet! They may not look quite the same as those famed ships of Old World deserts, but members of the camel family are more common in the new world than you might suppose. From the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas of the Andes, to the playful guanacos that dot the grasslands of the Patagonian steppe, these camel cousins may lack the signature hump of their kin, but they are no less hardy.
Perhaps one of the most enduring “enigmas” of the Inca culture is the method by which their stonemasons crafted the building blocks of such intricate and monumental structures as Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and the city of Cusco itself. Much is said about the meticulous joinery and finely worked contours of the massive stones used in Inca architecture, but it’s hard to truly appreciate it until you’ve seen it firsthand.