The Market that Time Forgot

There is a weekly regional farmers market in the town of Urubamba, which is about a 20 minute drive by “combi”.  The combi’s are essentially mini-vans that operate as taxi’s/busses.  The seat 12, but the one I was on started out with 16 people, then the driver decided to pick up a few more riders along the way (hence the role of bus) pushing the total to 20.  When we came to a slight incline of no more than 2% the vehicle could hardly make it up the hill.   I was the only gringo.

The regional market was like a walk into the past.  Most of the scenes could have been 25, 50, 100, or even 150 years ago.   In many ways, the Peruvian Andes are a place where time has stood still.   I walked around the market for an hour or so, and did not see one other tourist, gringo, or person with a camera.  

 
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~ by rjmang on June 19, 2009.

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