The land seems merely a hand´s breadth above the water level, and much of the land is inundated by recent rains with a hand´s breadth of cold floodwater I cross barefooted. It´s pretty land, green and breezy, but broadly underpopulated, save for the abundance of chatty birds and scurrying guinea pigs.
The villages are widely spaced along this old camino real, leaving few places to sit and rest, as in under a lone tree, two-hours´walk away. Endurance is a necessity. The villages seem swallowed by the curvature of the earth and only appear from a distance of less than 10 kilometers. For as many places as I´ve visited, this is new and interesting terrain.
La gente es, por supuesto, muy buena.