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Traveling Down South to Chincha

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Friday, March 20, 2009

I apologize if it´s been awhile since my last post, I have been busy working with my father learning about the family business which unfortunately makes carrying a camera difficult if not impossible at times.

I would like to take the time to congratulation the Portland State Men´s Basketball Team for their second victory at the Big Sky Conference and wish them the best of luck at teh big dance. Go VIKS!

That being said, A few weeks back I travelled with my father to a town called Chincha located about roughly 2 hours south of Lima. Travelling along the Panamerican South Highway the view is of Peru´s beautiful coast with palms and rolling sand dune hills, its quite a site on a nice summer day. We were heading down to Chincha to drop off some merchandise at the local markets and then do some site seeing.



These houses below are vacant. Apparently what happens is that people buy the land and build these little rudamentry buildings on them but don´t actually live in them.


After having dropped off all the merchandise (plastic products for those of you wondering) We decided to take a rest in the town square watching the locals go about their daily routines. It was all fairly standard procedure until the sound of roaring metal and screeching tires came crashing together acompanied by a symphony of shattered glass that echoed and filled the streets, a momentary silence that lasted but only a second. A truck had collided with an old car in the intersection of the town square. Local bystanders flooded the scene to survey the damage. In a few minutes it was all over the drivers both went their seperate ways and fortunately no one was injured.


These children took an interest in my camera but began to fight so I did what any responsible person in that situation would do, nothing except take several candid pictures of course. They sure did come out good. The kids were fine, boys will be boys and all.


As the day grew short we left the town of Chincha only to stop momentarily at a local winery. The southern coast of Peru has been well known for over a hundred years for its vinyards and wine distillaries. Anyways, Dad bought a few bottles of wine and I took a few pictures and we were on our way again.

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