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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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A roundtrip in Peru 2012

Peru roundtrip 2012

Last year i went on holiday to Peru.
A roundtrip of three weeks with lots of impressive landscapes, nice historic cities, beautifull nature, islands and wildlife.

The route we followed:
Lima – Pisco / Paracas NP – Isla Ballestas – Ica – Nazca – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Puno – Lake Titicaca – Cuzco – Larestrail – Machu Picchu – Cuzco - Lima.

We had direct flights from Amsterdam to Lima, Peru.

1. Flight to Peru with a 777 named Galapagos Islands.


After almost a 13h flight we landed at the airport of Lima it was allready late in the evening when we arrived at our hotel in Lima.
The morning after we went on our way toward the town of Pisco and the national park of Paracas.
Lima itself we would visit again on our last day in Peru.

The trip towards Pisco was one with lots of dessert and the Great Ocean at our righthand side for contrast!
Pisco itself is a little town still trying to recover of a massive earthquake in 2007 (8.0) in which within 3 minutes(!) 85% of the town was leveled.
That destruction is still clearly visible today.

But first we went to the N.P. Paracas and we had an lunchstop in a village at the sea.

Pisco/Paracas

2. Our lunch: Ceviche! (yummie!)


3. More than enought fishing boats and at the horizon you can see the Islas Ballestas whcih we went to visit on the third day.



4. In nationa park Paracas there are plenty of flamingo’s, still needed my 300mm lens on my camera to get this picture....


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7. Still lots and lots of sand!


8. In different colours also.


9. The Cathedral, before the quake very impressive nog still a nice 'rock'


10. Rough coastline!?


11. Beautifull coastline with several quiet beaches.


12. On the beach.


13. View over Pisco from our hotel.


14. Central Square in the evening.


Isla Ballestas
On day three we had an excursion to the Isla Ballestas. In Peru they call them Little Galapagos.

15. Enough fish around so these baby's were here a lot!


16. Pelican airborne.


17. On our way to the island we past this chandelier in the landscape.


18. Humboldt pinguïns.


19. Reasonable calm sea and lots, lots of birds at the islands!


20. Group of South American Sea lions relaxing (looks to the one on the right! )


21. Guanay cormorant.


22. Coloufull crabs on the islands!


23. Solitair pinguïn.


24. Enough birds!


25. Sealion with its head just above the water.


26. Peruvian Boody’s


27. Pride animals!


28. Inca tern.


29. Caring!.


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32. Enjoying the waves!


33. No you can't come with us on the boat!


This was part one, in the next part we are on the road (PanAm) visiting an oasis and going on towards Nazca with its famous lines!!
If you want to see city pics you will have to wait till we arrive in Arequipa and Cuzco!
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Nice photos of the wildlife and scenery! I've always been interested in visiting Peru, so looking forward to the rest of your photos!
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Panam, oasis and Nazca.

PArt Two: Panamerican Highway, oasis and Nazca

After our visit to the Isla Ballestas we went on in the afternoon towards Nazca.
Lunch we had in an oasis just outside Ica (massive sanddunes: Dakar 2013 country)

Heading south in Peru you can't get around the Pan American Highway. The road itself was in fine condition which actually I didn't expect for the whole journey.

34. What the name of the road??


35. Still in desertarea, so lots of sand!!


36. He something green!


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Oase Huacachina

38. An essential part of an oasis is SAND, lots of SAND!!


39. But not without green and water offcourse! And some buildings


40. Don't like those tourist boats on that lake...I go rather walking in the dunes!!


41. Lets do that!


42. Lost palmtrees?


43. Sand itself can be realy beautifull.


Before we arrived in Nazca itself we made a stop at a 10m high metal tower for our first views of some of those famous Nazca lines!

44. Dessert Peru.


45. 10m high metal tower.


46. One of the Nazca figures: the Tree. From the tower it didn't look that big, but the day after flying over it it was a whole other ballgame!! Massive!


47. Lonely road to Nazca.


48. Not so lonely..


49. Unesco listed...


50. Almost in Nazca.


51. Our hotel in Nazca.


Before we went into the air we had a morning program with some very interesting sites we visited.
We started at the pre Inca burial site south in the desert of Nazca: Chauchilla.

Chauchilla

52. Area around the burrial site.


53. Arrived at Chauchilla.


54. The made some places in the shade at the graves, since in high summer it gets well over 40 degrees Celcius.


Sadly many of the graves were all ready robed.
The mummies themselves are positioned in a special way and always towards the east (Sunrise) and most of them still got hair!!

55. Some very high sanddunes behind the mountains.


56. Don't get scared!!


57. Lets zoom in a bit.


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59. Fascinating


Next part we go up in the sky to see the Nazca lines from the air, Nazca itself, some on the road in Peru pics and Puerto Inca. Then we are almost in the great city of Arequipa!
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Nazca & Nazca lines

Before we went airborne we were still visiting some sites around the Nazca area. Including some very nice engineering of the Nazca people. We made a visit to the aquaducts of Cantalloc.

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61. Cactus landscape and flowers.


62. The Nazca area is one of the most dry areas on this planet so its very impressive to see the acient constructions which they still use to irigate the lands around it!


After that aquaduct we went to the Inca ruïne of Paradones, just outside the city borders of Nazca. In the Inca time it was used as and centre for administation.

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Views towards to city of Nazca.


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A bigger view of Nazca and surrounding landscape.


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In Nazca itself.


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Statue of Maria Reiche in Nazca, famous of her research on the Nazca lines.


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The main church of Nazca, compare this one to the ones in Arequipa, Cuzco and Lima and it looks horrible!!


Time to get airborne!!

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Our plain.


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In the air.


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Again in the air.


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First figure: The Whale (65m)


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Next a view of the man/astronaut (35m)


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Search the monkey!


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Monkey is "only" 90m big....


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Now find the dog! (50m)!


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We fly further towards the condor and spider.

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The Condor figure is a massive 135m in size!! WOW.


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Spider.


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Its only small with 46m in size…


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Humming bird (93m)


That place looks familiar The metal tower.

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Tree (foto nummer 46.) loooks big enough! (70m)


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Parrot is HUGE (230m!)


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Nazca moon.


After our stay in Nazca we went further on our Pery trip towards the city of Arequipa. Nazca lies on a hight of around 600m altitude and Arequipa is already at 2350m! For better getting used to the altitude we stayed three nights in the great city of Arequipa!

Its a long bus trip so we do make a few breaks in betweer like at the site/area of Puerto Inca.

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Nice shoreline!


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Not always sunny!


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I would have hoped for sunshine is this valley for the views...


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The first Andespeaks on the horizon.


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Sun is setting.


99. Our busdrivers do need a lot of patience!


Next series will be of the great city of Arequipa!!
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Wow! Not very urban but nevertheless beautiful and very interesting! Looking forward to the rest.
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In the HHF I am allready in Cuzco!!
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Arequipa - part one

Arequipa

Arequipa lies on an altitude of 2350m. A wonderfull spanish colonial city with lots of interesting museums, churches, monastaries. Also a lot of good restaurants and bars. An other plus is the superb weather most of the year.
The iconic view of the city is with the three volcanoes behind the center, with (El) Misti (5822m) as the most famous one and the other two are Chachani (6075m) and the ‘little’ Pichu Pichu (5669m).

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Our hotel, Casona Solar, situated in an old colonial building from 1702 built with the vulcanic rock sililar.


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Lots of great details.


Cathedral of Arequipa (1656) is very impressive!

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Vulcano behing the cathedral.


Lets go first to the church Iglesia de la Compañía, 1698. A very fotogenetic church, inside and out!

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The church at the corner of the Plaza del Armas.


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Realy nice doors with lots of details!


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So many details and figures on the facade of the church.


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Just awesome ligth in the church.


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Main altar and vatican flag.


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The mighty Cathedral. The left tower was rebuilt after big damage from an earthquake in 2001 (8.1).


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The left tower.


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Many churches in Arequipa with the snowy top of Chachani.


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Are we in the rockies??


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Lots of taxies in Arequipa!


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El Misti is watching you!!


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Taxiiiiiii!!!


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Crossing the river which runs trough Arequipa.


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La Recoleta.


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Again.


Next stop monastary Santa Catalina, 1579.

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123. Who is gonna confess?
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nice shots of those water animals and great weather too..
Is this a tropical country?
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Arequipa - part two

Its a true mix of a whole lot of climats (dessert, tropical (behind te andes the rainforrest starts), mountains, subtropical (area around Machu Picchu for example), etc)

We are still in Arequipa, in Santa Catalina.

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View from a terrace at Santa Catalina over Arequipa.


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In the monastery you have some areas which you can recognise trough the colour.
Here a part of the blue area.


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Back on the streets of Arequipa.


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On the central market of Arequipa.


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Choice enough.


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More then enough potatoes, with all kind of shapes, sizes and colours!


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Read the sign and you know were you need to go for something.


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Bigger view of the central market.


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Sun behind the church tower.


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Old colonial facades are always nice to see.


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Not all the buildings are in great shape and mountains are not far away.


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Back in the heart of the city.


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Mighty cathedral by night.


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Cathedral and the arcades.


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Square and cathedral by night.


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The Iglesia de la Compañía by night.


After the days in Arequipa we go on towards the Colca Canyon (the second deepest canyon on this planet). Nice area for walking and spotting condors!!
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b]On the way to and in the Colca Canyon[/b]

From Arequipa we went on an multi day visit to the Colca Canyon.
On the trip to the Canyon we got a good view of the Andes and we went over a mountainpass of 4910 high.
But first we got good views on several volcanoes in the Andes,
El Misti, Chachani and later on also the Ampata and Sabancaya.
That last one was the volcano which got famous of being the place the found the frozen mummy Juanita.
That mummy you can see visiting a museum in Arequipa.
On this traveldat we went from 2350m altitude to the little town of Cabanaconde. It lies in the canyon at 3280m.

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On the road we spotted lots of vicuña’s.


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Ampata (6288m)


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Cocatea.


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Erosion formed nice landscapes.


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A wider view.


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El Misti seen from its backside.


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Lamaland.


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More lama's.


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Mountain tops.


We are on our way to our lunchspot Chivay (3650m)

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Landscape view of the area around Chivay from the bus.


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View on Chivay.


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Zoom out.


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Church located at the little central square of Chivay.


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Streets of Chivay.


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Statue.


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Local transport.


First stop at the Cruz del Condor at the end of the afternoon. No condors yet (the morning after we did see them! )
But landscape and sunset were awesome!!

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Cloudskies in the canyon.


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Really nice landscape, on the left the road towards Cabanaconde.


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Enjoying it!!


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Cruz del Condor.


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Icy mountaintops across the canyon.


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Sunset!


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Nice!
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Fabulous. Such an other-worldly landscape, and totally foreign/alien culture
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Great, very nice photos from Peru
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Colca Canyon - part 2

more Colca Canyon

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Waking up with these views from our hotel hotel in Cabanaconde ain't that bad!


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Nice setup of the hotelbuildings, with patio's, balconies, gardens etc.


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Lucky yellow shot!


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Were are we again?


After breakfast we went back to the viewpoint of Cruz del Condor.
Now we did had luck and we saw several condors!! Huge birds!! But still needed my 300mm zoomlens for the pictures of the bird...

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Condor (1)


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Condor (2)


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Condor (3)


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Picture of me


After that we went on in the canyon and we had two walks in this great scenery! Not for the fainthearted with the dropoffs of more then 1000m beside the path you would walk on.

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Loved the landscape here!


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Snow/Icy top and village across the canyon.


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the second walk wass all the wat down with lots of steps towards Cabanaconde (leftside of the picture visible).


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A natural way of a fence between two land owners!


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Remnants of a bushfire with big moutain in the back.


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Church of Cabanaconde.


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Central square of the village.


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Evening view from our balcony!


The day after we had an other walk and we stayed that night in the town of Chivay.

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Tall mountains.


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Terrace landscape


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Again.


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Icy world high above.


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Just so awesome!!


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Church


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Cool bird!


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Locals in the village.


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View from the village square of Yanque.


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Picture perfect.


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On our way to the Inca ruïnes of Uyo Uyo.


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Central square of Uyo Uyo.


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What an area.


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You feel small fast in this landscape.


Next time a stop at a mirador at 4910m and we are on our wat towards Lake Titicaca.
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Lake Titicaca

Mirador de los Andes, (on the road to) Puno, Lake Titicaca

We are gonna start this post with our visit to the highest point of our roundtrip in eru. A roadpass at 4910m (!!); the Mirador de Los Andes.

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View from the mirador towards volcanoes 'far away'


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Myself at the mirador.


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At these height almost nothing grows anymore...


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Laguna Lagunillas (4410m)


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Again.


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A lonely freighttrain in the peruvian landscape.


After this we went on towards the town of Puno which lies at the Titicacalake. We stayed here one night and after that we went on to the lake for a homestay with a family on the island Amantani.

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First view of Puno and Lake Titicaca


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This town is also built on the 'hills'.


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Plaza del Armas of Puno including an colonial cathedral.


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Cathedral of Puno.


As said we went the day after on our trip on Lake Titicaca. First stop were the Uros islands. They are famous because everything is made of the reed which grows in the lake.

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Reed, reed, reed.....


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Amantani.

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View from our room at the families house on Amantani.


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the church in a little village on the island. From here we went walking uphill (towards 4100m) for a visit to one of the two temples on the island and views of a great sunset over Lake Titicaca.


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At some parts it was pretty steep walking up!


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We are not at the temple yet (Pachatata), but allready we are at a height of 4072m above sealevel....(and that for somebody who lives almost his whole live below sealevel )


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But the sunset made us forgot all the 'troubles' getting up here.


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Purple skies.


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The kitchen at home of the family! You don't need much for good meals!


After a good night sleep we went on the boat again an made a visit to the island of Taquile, after that visit we went back to Puno.

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Some islandrules!


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Titicaca gate…


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some parts were really steep!


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Lots of terraces for agriculture.


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View of Lake Titicaca towards Bolivia...


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Handyworks are plenty for sale!


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Flowers of Tanquile.


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Lots of steps going down towards a little harbouw were our boat was.


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From Puno to Cuzco

We are on our way towards the city of Cuzco. Buts a long busdrive of around 13(!!) hours, offcourse with some stops in between; like a visit to a pre Inca burial site of Sillustani and nice scenic views from a mountainpass at 4335m.

First stop at the graves of Sillustani.

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A little church and lake before we arrive at the chullas.


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First views of the burial towers (chullas) built by the Colla people in the 15th century before they were conquered by the Inca’s.


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The chullas themselves are located mostly on top of the hill. Now they are the highest point in the surrounding so sometimes lightning strikes and the chullas are party destroyed.


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A view of a big lake at the back side of the burial site.


After this back in the bus and we made a stop at a house of a local family.

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De houses/rooms are surrounded by walls like in a courtyard.


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These bring good luck and fortune!


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Always working!!


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Chatting about in a small village along our route.


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Views at 4335m altitude.


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Just love the Andes mountains!


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Railroad to the end of the world!


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Whats are altitude?


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Classic Andes shot!


Before entering the city of Cuzco we first still had lunch and after that we went on to visit the Inca site of Raqchi.

This Inca site is also known for the temple of the Wiracocha.

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Walls of the tempelruines.


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Still impressive.


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Remnants of storage buildings.


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At the beginning of the evening we finaly arrives in Cuzco! We stayed in a hotel in the San Blas area.

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After a good night sleep I woke up with this view.


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Rooms are situated around a courtyard which was a relaxing place after all those walks in the city!


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Church of San Blas.


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Cuzco streets!


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At the Inca museum.


That first day it was really busy on the streets and several streets were also closed. We were in luck. There was a procession for celebrating the day of “Lady of the Rosary”.

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Don't get scared!


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Gorilla on the loose..!


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Lady of the Rosary.


Next series will show more of Cuzco.
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you covered a lot of stuffs of this beautiful country - like the natural landscapes, the wildlife, the remnants of the old indigenous people and their culture and tradition including the mummification of the dead, the old but still inhabited towns and cities, the old customs and traditions that are still practice today including religious observances and their costumes.
Wow! this is one great and interesting tour of this beautiful llama land which I should have to thank you for further enriching my knowledge.
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