Can you blame me? Peru is a magical place. And of course, let me start off with Machu Picchu, which probably deserves its own entry. The sense of history around this place is simply amazing. If Machu Picchu doesn't take your breath away, I don't know what will.
Did you actually think I'd leave Peru without capturing some llamas, being the animal lover that I am. I was especially thrilled to get this photo of a llama mama feeding her young. I really wanted to get a shot of an alpaca too, but my camera battery had died when I finally saw them.
And, more along the vein of loving animals, here's a cow amidst the backdrop of emerald green waters at Huascaran National Park. Peru's geographical diversity is, in a word, stunning. There are mountains, lakes, lagoons, plateau, rivers, etc. You won't run out of things to do, and you will want to go back again and again.
We did not go to the better known Cusco, but chose instead to go to Ollantaytambo, another archeological site northwest of Cusco. Ollantaytambo was the seat of one of Peru's long-ago emperors.
Smack in the middle of the city of Tacna is Peru's Tacna Cathedral. The firm of the man who built the Eiffel Tower built this as well, and little wonder, because the Neo-renaissance style of the building gorgeous. The stones of the church were taken from the hills of nearby Arunta and Intiorko.
Viva Arequipa! This city was once the colonial capital of the region. It's a trekker's dream, as is the whole country. And if you want, you can even learn to cook Peruvian food in one of the classes here.
Plaza de Armas de Arequipa
I got to experience Christmas in Peru! Seeing these children so happy made me happy.
The Bridge of Sighs--or the Puente de los Suspiros. You can find this famous landmark in the Bohemian area of Peru's capital, Lima, called Barranco. Fully made of wood, the bridge traverses the Bajada de Banos in Barranco. We had a lovely dinner there one night, and it was so romantic.
There's so much more to Peru. The food alone deserves special mention. I could eat ceviche everyday, if possible. That, pollo la brasa and lomo saltado. You can also try paragliding in Arcomar, or visit any of their gorgeous beaches, or explore Lake Titicaca.
Peru, I'm coming back one day.
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