Arequipa, Sep. 24 (ANDINA). An article in the Washington Post takes readers to one of Peru's top tourist attractions, the Colca Valley in the southern Arequipa region.
In addition to describing the scenic beauty of one of the deepest canyons in the world, journalist Rebecca Dalzell writes about "The magnificent churches of Peruís Colca Valley."
The Washington Post writer said she structured her visit to the Colca Valley around churches largely as an excuse to visit the Andean towns and villages, including Tuti, Chivay, Sibayo, Callati and Madrigal.
A spray of colors lit up the sleepy brown countryside. The women wore long floral skirts, handwoven shawls and patterned hats studded with mirrors.
The children were wrapped in striped wool blankets. Musicians with horns and drums were scattered through the crowd, playing catchy folk tunes, and people danced in circles, repeatedly pulling me in.
The chicha, or corn beer, flowed generously. An old man insisted that I try a shot of herb-infused spirits, which he poured from a plastic soda bottle.
Behind them, Peruís Colca Valley, with its checkered green fields and the Colca River coursing between jagged Andean peaks, unfurled dramatically.
Agricultural terraces, some dating to the 11th century, line the hillsides, seeming to stitch together the rugged scenery.