It is a community in the hillside of the Qoriqaqya hill. The houses of this town of no more than one hundred inhabitants have been built using the support of the rock of the mountain, as a natural roof while the front area is of adobe. It is believed that the name of the place comes from the words “pichinco” that means bird and “t’oco” meaning hole or hallow. It is said that the town in the Inca time was a sort of ghetto only with people with goiter illness usually with mental retardation. The location of this story at the side of the salt mines is interesting, given that the salt for human consumption must receive iodine added because goiter is precisely the reaction of the human body to the lack or absence of this element. Today, the communitarian project handling the salt mines, as has been shown, includes the adding of iodine. While, Pichingoto and its weird aspect and archaic half destroyed chapel are there, in front of a meander of the river, which at the same time slaps us with its beauty, and shows us the destruction of contamination.
The Maras experience tempt us to stay at least one night at Amilcar’s and go with him and other neighbors to the suggested visits, including the pass through the salt mines and walk down descending towards Pichingoto; also, of course, the trip to Moray.
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