Amongst the Landscapes and Markets
The reserved zone of the Cordillera Huayhuash protects land which is owned by small communities. They use the high mountain areas for grazing livestock, subsistence farms and to receive payment from the hiking permits which tourists seek. The area became protected in 2002 to halt the interests of mining companies.
Peru has many fruit and veggie markets, where you also find fresh meat, poultry and fish. The geography of the country allows it to produce foods year around that are limited by seasons in other countries.
The hiking trails provide job opportunities to mountain guides, cooks and donkey drivers who assist the backpackers through the area.
Mt. Siula became famous after the release of mountaineer Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void, which chronicled his harrowing experience climbing the mountain.
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