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The terraces of the Andes surround the road to the town of Lari in the Colca Valley. The productivity went into the creation of these terrace walls is impressive. The name Colca refers to small granaries of mud and stone, built into the cliffs in the valley and canyon. During Inca and pre-Inca times they were used to store food, such as potatoes, quinoa, and other Andean crops. They were also used as tombs for important people.