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a little more on pre-industrial


Leaving Cajabamba, the road is lined with people making roof tiles by hand. A pile of clay and a simple mould to create the shape...

... and then the tiles are carefully laid out to dry.

And repeat.


Presumably the tiles are later fired in these giant kilns, built using the same clay and tiles, which also line the road...

...along with massive piles of wood.

All of it eucalyptus,...

... grown plantation style. It looks like the trees are periodically lopped off and a new trunk allowed to sprout. At the base, these trees actually look pretty old.


I like the weathered peeling wooden doors, a splash of subtle colour in the mud brick buildings.

This one, with llamas.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Michael | July 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Great set of photos Anna, take time to eat some ceviche (when down at the coast) and some Anticucho…If not into meat, Sanduche de palta is my market favorite. Happy riding

  2. Will Kemp | October 19, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    That style of tree farming is called coppicing. Eucalypts make good coppice trees because they sprout vigorously when cut dow to the ground. A friend of mine owns a wood in England, which he coppices to make barbecue charcoal, which he sells.

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