A communitarian rural tourism project in the entrance of Huancabamba Valley.
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By Ronald Benites Rangel
Special to FACTORTIERRA.NET
Photos by Emmanuel Fernández Cardoza and Éricka Ramírez Guerrero.
This bird is locally known as cangana and its particularity is how builds a nest on the clay slope.
SONDORILLO, Peru - On the length between the place known as Cruz Blanca, the point where the road from Piura to Huancabamba reaches its top altitude, and the so-called Walking City, the mountain landscape is made for falling in love. What or who? It does not matter - just fall in love.
landscape charming the eye, it will be difficult we realize Cascapampa
is about 40 km or 25 miles before arriving into Huancabamba City and 25
km or 16 miles after climbing up from Canchaque. This is a community dedicated to agriculture and cattle, about 170 km or 106 miles away the east of Piura City by car.
This one seems to be part of gazania
variety, a flower native of South Africa and Mozambique that could
adapt perfectly to the Andean environment. The color is real, thhe
photograph was not actually filtered.
Cascapampa (probably from Quechuan 'sharp plain') is on the East slope of Andean
Western Range, 3180 meters or 10430 feet altitude, forming part of the
Huancabamba River's valley, the most occidental tributary of Amazon River,
and the reason why we should stop here is a communitarian project that
takes advantage of the landscape, its own ecosystem -already in the
eco-region known in Piura as jalca or moor- and a singular lagoon.
The site is popular for being a mandatory stop to buy cheese, especially on the returning way to Piura City.
we got to identify a gauge and going it up about 7 km or 4 miles
in addition. At the time of producing this story, the rain has
deteriorated it notably, but the croplands and the little forests of
pineapples make the bumps worthy for real.
Peroles de Cascapampa Country Station assaulted by a bunch of roses,
gerania, and dozens of beautiful flowers growing upat the moors.
After 20 minutes
caring where to drive the car, and ever surrounded by the forest, we
arrive to a country station. It is known as Los Peroles de cascapampa
(Cascapampa's Coppers), a rural tourism project created and managed by
the community itself, built with contributions of the Sondorillo
It is usual in Piura to call peroles
(coppers) to the kind of natural pools created or found by the water as
it opens its course. Here in the highlands, its particularity is they
seem to be eexcaved during centuries of water erosion
falling in cascades over some rocky beds, which are being potentiated
as touristic attractions.
case, the community built a station with free spaces to walk
around or to share a snack, a fishfarm, a restaurant where it is
possible to taste part of the production of that fishfarmm and a15-bed
hostel which costs 30 soles or 7 dollars (actual conversion) per night.
The general entrance costs 2 soles or almost half a dollar. A farmer gives us a gentle welcome.
the station gets is re-invested in the maintenance of the place.
I figure out that having too much beauty together, the community should
make a pretty most aggressive marketing campaign (that is why I write
this article) for the visitors flow to be constant and the project
generates some profits.
Tell me if this is not real beautiful: the lagoon in Cascapampa.
about the beauty together, although I did not see other pools or
coppers, the evident here is a lagoon, 400 meters or 1312 feet length,
about 15 meters or 49 feet width, maybe 3 meters or 9 feet depth. When
you go sailing on the little boats powered by pedals, what catches more
your attention is the water transparency, so much that you can see the
plants living inside it.
surveils me from the land, and it is not about a farmer but a
white-haired beautiful llama looking so focused at me. But when it does
not look at me, I notice it also stands looking at the highlands
landscape. May be it a guardian apu or tutor god of the environment embodied in that beautiful South American camelid?
By the way, a sign warns not to bother the pretty laminoid unless you wwant to suffer from a deserved spittle.
This bridge over the lagoon in Cascapampa was made fully of branches from the surrounding forest.
While I walk up
throughout the clay slope of the imponent mountain, I realize how the
copper was formed. It is about little creeks feeding the lagoon due to
the capture process of humidity that happens at jalca, from the
little water drops suspended in the clouds as well as they integrate to
fall as rain.
As it happens when I visited the Shimbe Lake
(about 80 km or 50 miles away to the North where I am), and over
any surface, the water accumulates where it finds any type of
Of course, this
place has a lot of wild fauna, birds in particular for those who
are fans of watching them, or who want to be lulled by their tweets,
confusing with the creeks' ones.
[see its photo beginning this story] is one of those birds, that
characterizes for making their nests on the clay wall, giving the
appearance of little windows. There are also hummingbirds.
There are roses and flowers of different colors too.
attraction on the lagoon to test how much fit you are, especially over
10000 feet altitude. The man with me is one of the local farmers who
got to help me for making counterweight.
Coming back to the restaurant in the station, the menu is made of trouts from the fishfarm but hen meat is also served. Another detail are the diverse signs located along the facility remembering us why and how ewe must care of Nature.
enjoying the water. Yes, it was pretty cool, but the sunlight kept me warm.
wonderful offer, Cascapampa's Coppers do not appear clearly
mentioned on a touristic catalogue. I learned about them
because the girlfriend of my friend told us about the place.
are many posts in Facebook, it is not possible to determine what
fanpage or account is official. Inclusive the nearby Temple of Jaguars,
at Mitupampa Community, is better marked, what remembers me it could be
my next story when I return to the zone.
If you have no
own car, you have to arrive into Huancabamba City, and rent a private
service of transportation (driver is included) costing 80 soles or
about 25 dollars (actual conversion), guaranteeing you a round trip.
that apparent miscare, Cascapampa's Coppers are part of that
paradise you ever dream of, provocating you to jump excited.
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