Monday, May 7, 2018

Carpe Diem #1426 Junin, Mantaro Valley

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this belated episode of Monday May 7th. Thank you all for your kind words according my mother. It takes a lot of my time to take care of her, but that cannot mean that I am forgetting my other family of haiku poets at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. So here it is a new (short) episode about another region along the Peruvian Railroad that we are traveling this month.

Junín is a region in the central highlands and westernmost Peruvian Amazon. Its capital is Huancayo.The region has a very heterogeneous topography. The western range located near the border with the Lima Region, has snowy and ice-covered peaks. On the east, there are high glacier valleys which end up in high plateaus (Altiplano). Among them is the Junín Plateau that is located between the cities of La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco.

Mantaro Valley Peru (Junin region)

The Mantaro Valley becomes wider before Jauja up to the limit with the Huancavelica Region. This area concentrates a large share of the region's population. Towards the east, near the jungle, there is an abundance of narrow and deep canyons, with highly inclined hillsides, covered by woods under low-lying clouds.

Until the arrival of the Incas the plains of Junin region known as the Pampas were inhabited by a semi-wild, rowdy group of people whose rivals were the Tarumas. Meanwhile, the Mantaro Valley was inhabited by the Huancas. Inca Pachacuti won all these races in 1460, which later became part of the Inca Empire. Huancayo became the region's main highway rest stop on the Inca Trail.

Well ... the Junin Region looks awesome and here we find the first historical culture we will find our inspiration in ... but that's for tomorrow.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 14th at noon (CEST). I will take you into the history of Peru in our next episode ... no not the Incas ...

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