Archive for September, 2012

Peru – A Final Few

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Here are a final few from Peru. First two are in the countryside.

A street scene in Cusco.

A glass plate from the Martin Chambi Archives.

Peru – Colca Canyon Area

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

From Arequipa we made our way to the Colca Canyon area, first Chivay and then Puno. Here we are at the highest point, 15,967 feet.

Colca Canyon itself is the deepest in the world. We went to see the condors but I found this cross instead.

Both Chivay and Puno are above 12,000 feet and by the time we got to an island in Lake Titicaca, at around 12,500 I was on oxygen. I can report that Lake Titicaca is beautiful but have no photos to document it. We discussed leaving for a lower altitude but by the next morning I was somewhat better so we decided to forge ahead to Lampa, a small village with a fascinating church, La Iglesia Santiago Apostol. Loved seeing a bicycle parked below one of the stations of the cross and imagined someone doing the stations on the bicycle.

But the highlight of the church was an authorized replica of the pieta mounted on a giant marble sphere.

Peru – Arequipa

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Arequipa is a beautiful Spanish colonial city whose historic center has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also at about 7500 feet. Just high enough to make me a little whoozy. The following images were shot at the Convent of Santa Catalina, founded in 1579. It is a beautiful and otherworldly city all by itself.

Peru – Lima

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Sometimes it happens. Your best plans are thwarted. We planned our trip to Peru for 10 months and eagerly looked forward to festivals in several small mountain villages and, of course, Machu Picchu. We hoped to take wonderful heart-stopping photographs. Instead I developed severe altitude sickness and things went downhill from there. After the first few days I felt rotten and we ended up having to come home early, missing the festivals and Machu Picchu. So my images of Peru are not what I expected. But here they are. The first few are from Lima (which is at sea level – I like sea level).

We were fascinated by paragliders jumping off a cliff right in the middle of the city. But I can’t decide which of the following two images I prefer.

Later we went to a fishing area in the city. Here are two images from that site. The pelicans were crazy.

Next up: Arequipa.