August 13, 2019: Guardian of the Cathedral, Peru

 

Our hikes in Peru's Sacred Valley took us through many small towns and villages.  At one of these we rested near this pretty small church.  

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Wandering into the church's courtyard, we found this H-U-G-E arachnid making a home in the corner wall.  Tarantulas are extremely efficient at controlling the population of large insects and rodents, and are an accepted part of the community.

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Still, a spider larger than one's hand can send a chill up your spine.

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