A Photographic Tour: Peru

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I traveled to Peru In September of 2009, and took part in a Gate 1 Travel guided tour.  It was my first trip to South America and I was so excited!  By the time I departed I’d been planning and doing research for about three months, and couldn’t wait to experience the country for myself.  My preparations paid off – and I also had good luck. My trip was fantastic, and virtually everything went smoothly.  No sickness or other calamities befell me, and I’ll always look back on this trip with wonder and gratitude.  My tour director, Lucero, was great and I thank her for herding our group through her home country with such care and attention to detail.

Not counting the days I flew in and out of Peru, I was there for seven days.  The time flew by, and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.  I hope to return one day, as there is still so much left to see (the Amazon, Nazca, the coastal region), but it was a great introduction to Peru.  What a charming, colorful, and unique country!  The history was fascinating, the textiles were mind-boggling, and the food was tasty.  Oh, and the scenery? Stupendous!  I was in heaven, taking in the incredible stone work at Machu Picchu, the lush vegetation in the mountains, the cracked adobe dwellings in the Andes, and the deep blue water of Lake Titicaca.

I took hundreds of photos, but will only share a few.  Here’s a brief photo diary of my trip to Peru.

San Francisco Church and Convent

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This church, located in Lima, is famous for its catacombs full of bones.  It made me a bit nervous to go down into the catacombs – not because of the bones, but because Lima is in an earthquake zone!

Cusco – 11,203 feet Above Sea Level

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When we landed in Cusco, in the Andes, I could definitely feel a difference in the altitude.  My heart was beating more quickly – like I was exercising, though I was just walking in the airport!

The Sacred Valley & A Little Llama

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The Sacred Valley was gorgeous, and I made a friend.  It was my first llama sighting and contact!

Friendly Locals & Gorgeous Textiles

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We stopped at a weaving cooperative near Chinchero.  Peruvian textiles are mouth-wateringly beautiful.

Chinchero Market

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The Chinchero market was incredible.  I felt as though I’d stepped into the pages of National Geographic!

Machu Picchu

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Breathtaking!  Mindblowing!  Machu Picchu’s incredible natural beauty and spectacular masonry are unforgettable.

Plaza de Armas – Cusco

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Back in Cusco, I enjoyed Qorikancha, the cathedral, and the Plaza de Armas.  I met this gentleman near the Plaza.  Such a wonderful face and such colorful hats!

Sky High – 14,200 Feet Above Sea Level

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This is what 14,200 feet above sea level looks like.  I was moving my flatlander self around carefully!

Lake Titicaca

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We visited the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca – amazing!  People live on floating islands made of tortura reeds, and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of their way of life.

Coolest Boat Ride Ever…

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Yes, I was a really happy camper.  I LOVE to travel!  And riding on a boat handmade from tortura reeds was pret-ty fantastic.

Return to Lima

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We ended our tour where it began – Lima.  After some shopping at the Indian Market I finally tried some of Lima’s world-famous ceviche and understand what all the fuss is about.  It was delectable!  I recommend Alfresco if you’re in Lima and want some great ceviche.

Please post a comment if you have any questions about Peru and my adventures there.  It’s an incredible destination.  And though you’ll want to be prepared and a bit cautious, you’ll be fine if you read a few guide books and/or visit Lonely Planet’s website.  It’s well worth the effort.  Viva Peru!

Warm regards,
Melody

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 17, 2010 at 9:12 am by Jenny Hilborne | Permalink

    Those are some incredible photographs, they could be in a travel guide. I love traveling, too, but always forget to take photo’s. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Posted October 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Jenny! Peru is a very photogenic country. 😮
    Melody

  3. Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm by Kay Metzer | Permalink

    Hi Melody,
    You took great pictures. It sure doesn’t seem like it has already been over a year. That was the most awsome trip I have ever taken. We just moved so it will probably be a while before I can take another big trip. Very good to hear from you. I’m not sure I ever thanked you for sending me that picture last year, so thanks. Keep in touch. Kay

  4. Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Kay,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. The time certainly has flown by! Peru really was incredible. So nice to have met you and your son. Yes, let’s keep in touch!
    Melody

  5. Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:02 am by Gate 1 Travel | Permalink

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your Peru adventure! Wonderful pictures – thank you for sharing your experiences.

  6. Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:48 am by Melody | Permalink

    Gate 1 Travel,
    Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it was an incredible trip – thank you! I plan on booking my next big trip with Gate 1, too.
    Melody

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