Tantamaco’s Potatoes and Stunning Scenery

In southern Peru’s Macusani District, circa 4,000 metre high Tantamaco is the organic native potato capital. Potatoes are indeed widely grown here and in fact originated from this part of the world. However, for me this aspect of Tantamaco was overshadowed by the awesome Andes Mountain scenery.

Stunning valley views on way to Tantamaco, Macusani District

Stunning valley views on the drive to Tantamaco

Welcome to Tantamaco, organic native potato capital

A sign welcoming people to the town of Tantamaco, the organic native potato capital

Tantamaco school with great mountain views, Macusani District, Carabaya Province, Puno Region, Peru

This Tantamaco school has some of the best views of any school in the world

Locals and donkeys going to work on the potato fields, Tantamaco, Macusani District, Peru

Farmers following donkeys on the way to the potato fields; the sacks carted by the donkeys likely contain animal manure, an organic fertiliser; note the backdrop of rocky outcrops and pre-Columbian terraces

Tantamaco potato farmer with special shovel, Peru

A Tantamaco potato farmer carrying a specialised narrow shovel common in the district

Manure bags in foreground of potato farmers tending field, Tantamaco, Macusani District

Sacks of animal manure in the foreground wait for farmers tending the field

Stunning mountain and valley views, Tantamaco, Macusani District, Puno Region

Potato fields surround a swamp in the Tantamaco valley

Cemetery, roads, potato fields, rocks, snowy mountains, Macusani District, Carabaya Province

A run-down cemetery in front of the winding road, potato fields, rocky outcrops and snowy mountains

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