The inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe may well have lived here in this very cave on Isla Robinson Crusoe. ( 33°37’15″S 78°50’49″W for the GPS inclined!)
Now Really, how can a bird whose heart rate can top 1200 beats per minute survive in the elevation of the Andes. They do, and here’s the secret: Click Here
Maria Reiche was the motivating force in bringing the Nazca lines to the world stage.
The correct answer is mostly, almost always, dry winds winds derived from relatively cold places….hence little precipitation…..hence the Atacama desert, for example.
Stretching down as deep as 180 feet to subterranean water channels, the huarango roots not only suck up water for the tree, but bring it into the higher subsoil, creating a water resource for other vegetation.
above: Machu Picchu is down there just to the left of my hand
above: Sun Gate from Machu Picchu
above: Machu Picchu from trail to the Sun Gate.
As you can see, the perfect day.
It has me thinking about hiking the Inca Trail