2014 - Peruvian Adventure

09/05—04/06/2014
Our tour of the fascinating country of Peru in May 2014.
1a_casa_literatura Casa de Literatura, Lima. This former railway station is now the library and literature centre in Lima.
Casa de Literatura, Lima. This former railway station is now the library and literature centre in Lima.
2main_square_lima Plaza Mayor (Main Square), Lima. The main city square in Lima.
Plaza Mayor (Main Square), Lima. The main city square in Lima.
3a_pres_palace Presidential Palace, Lima.
Presidential Palace, Lima.
3pres_palace_lima The palace has guards outside, the way we do at Buckingham Palace in Britain.
The palace has guards outside, the way we do at Buckingham Palace in Britain.
4miraflores_lima Miraflores district in Lima. An early morning ride along the Pacific coastline in Lima.
Miraflores district in Lima. An early morning ride along the Pacific coastline in Lima.
5pachacamac_pyramid Archaeological site at Pachacamac. A fascinating look at the pyramids of Pachacamac.
Archaeological site at Pachacamac. A fascinating look at the pyramids of Pachacamac.
6pachacamac Former administration building, Pachacamac. One of the restored buildings at the archaeological site.
Former administration building, Pachacamac. One of the restored buildings at the archaeological site.
7cormorants Cormorants on an abandoned boat at Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands, near Paracas, are a haven for wildlife including many different birds, seals and...
Cormorants on an abandoned boat at Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands, near Paracas, are a haven for wildlife including many different birds, seals and…
8seal_and_pup Seal and pup on rocks at Ballestas Islands. How on earth they got up there is beyond me!
Seal and pup on rocks at Ballestas Islands. How on earth they got up there is beyond me!
9el_candelabro
"El Candelabro", curious geoglyph near the Ballestas Islands. Believed to have been used as a beacon to seafarers.
10_penguins Humboldt Penguins at the Ballestas Islands. You only find penguins in the wild in the southern hemisphere.
Humboldt Penguins at the Ballestas Islands. You only find penguins in the wild in the southern hemisphere.
11_main_arequipe Main square in Arequipa, Peru's second city. Arequipa is located around 8,000 feet above sea-level.
Main square in Arequipa, Peru's second city. Arequipa is located around 8,000 feet above sea-level.
12_misti Misti and Chachani mountains, near Arequipa. Misti is a volcano at 19,101 feet above sea level; we can also see the Chacani mountain (19,931 feet).
Misti and Chachani mountains, near Arequipa. Misti is a volcano at 19,101 feet above sea level; we can also see the Chacani mountain (19,931 feet).
13_pichu_pichu Pikchu Pikchu mountain, 18,599 feet.
Pikchu Pikchu mountain, 18,599 feet.
14_colca_canyon Colca Canyon, at over 13,000 feet deep, is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.
Colca Canyon, at over 13,000 feet deep, is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.
15_trevor_colca_canyon Trevor at Condor Valley, Colca Canyon. At this point we were about 16,000 above sea level, and suffering from altitude sickness.
Trevor at Condor Valley, Colca Canyon. At this point we were about 16,000 above sea level, and suffering from altitude sickness.
16_panpipe_band_colca Typical Andean musicians. No trip to Peru is complete without some panpipe music. :-)
Typical Andean musicians. No trip to Peru is complete without some panpipe music. :-)
17_inca_terraces Inca terraces at Sillustani.
Inca terraces at Sillustani.
18_alpaca Alpaca and vicuña, a common sight in Peru. Alpaca and vicuña are valued for their warm and very soft fleece.
Alpaca and vicuña, a common sight in Peru. Alpaca and vicuña are valued for their warm and very soft fleece.
19_mountains_lakes Lake Titicaca, Puno. At 12,000 feet above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake.
Lake Titicaca, Puno. At 12,000 feet above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake.