"Most Farm Work is Powered by Human Mascle" Top 5 Page for this destination Sacred Valley Tip by AKtravelers

Sacred Valley, Cusco: 5 reviews and 5 photos

  Laboring in the fields above the Sacred Valley
by AKtravelers

Favorite thing: When you tour the highlands above Peru's Sacred Valley by horseback, you really get an appreciation for how hard people work. Many of the traditional farming ways passed down by the Incas are still practiced. Unfortunately, the only domesticated work animal the Incas had available was the llama, and it wasn't strong enough to plow fields. So most of the soil tilling and other labor is done by men with tools. Of course, this is not very efficient by 21st century standards an explains a great deal why so many Peruvians live in poverty. THe flip side is that using machines to reduce the manpower required to produce food would only result in more people living in urban shanty towns. Such is the quandry that is today's Peru.

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  • Written Jul 30, 2005
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