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PERU


Location - South America; Capital - Lima; Population - 28 million; Currency - Nuevo Sol

It's a short journey from the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca to Peru's, where I arrived at Puno in February 1998.

 

pernotePeruvian currency - the Nuevo Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per1The Floating Islands of the Uros people, Lake Titicaca

 

 

per2Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca - they are made from interwoven totora reeds. A very touristy place but enjoyable nonetheless

 

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per3Lake Titicaca from Puno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per4Another fiesta at Lake Titicaca - this time the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Puno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per5A military parade at Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

 

 

per6View of Cuzco city centre (altitude - 3330 metres)

 

 

per7The 15th/16th century Inca ruins of Machu Picchu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per8Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per9Machu Picchu's sundial

 

 

per10The Sacred Rock, Machu Picchu

 

 

per11A cloud covered Machu Picchu, altitude 2,430 metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per12Warming up at Aguas Calientes hot springs

 

 

per13The train back to Cuzco broke down, resulting in hundreds walking by moonlight through the countryside in search of a truck to take us back.
The scariest bit was crossing a bridge only covered in train sleepers with a raging river below.
This was taken a few metres after the bridge, with a celebratory corn-on-the-cob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per14Washing bowls at the Santa Catalina monastery, Arequipa

 

 

per15In the lovely grounds of the Santa Catalina monastery, Arequipa

 

per17Advert for the luminous, sickly sweet Peruvian drink - Inka Cola, Nazca. I had loads of it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



per182000-year-old mummified bodies at Chauchilla cemetery, Nazca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per19Ready for a stomach churning flight over the famous Nazca Lines with Wendy, Agnes and Louise

 

 

per21A tall narrow triangular 'trapezoid' at Nazca Lines. The Lines date from 300 BC to 700 AD

 

 

per22The Condor at Nazca Lines has a 130 metre wingspan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

per23The Astronaut seems the odd one out, as if made by drunks on a big night out.

See his right hand waving - Nazca Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

per24Pisco town centre

 

 

per25The Government Palace, Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



per26Statue of Pizarro at the Plaza de Armas, Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per28At an altitude of 3850 metres, Lake Llanganuco, close to Huaraz - hear the crashing of ice down Mt Huascaran from here

 

 

per30Mt Huascaran - 6768 metres high, on the minibus from Huaraz to Yungay

 


per31The centre of Huaraz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

per32This is where I saw the effects of the 1997/98 El Nino for the first time - landslides on the way from Huaraz to Chimbote

 


per33Water flooded down the mountains, creating a makeshift river. Into the darkness, hours were spent damming up the river so that the bus could get through. It lurched, leaned and crunched its way through. Huaraz to Chimbote

 

 

per34Northern Peru was affected by El Nino, but I managed to get to Trujillo. This is Plazuela el Recreo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


per35The bus from Trujillo to Piura drove through sugar cane fields as much of the Pan Americana highway had disappeared. No way past here though! A few hours earlier a bridge near Chiclayo collapsed. I joined a chaotic queue for a helicopter that was taking people from one side to the other, but at one point it just didn't come back. Ah well,back to Lima. So close yet so far..

 

 

per27So here I am with Shirley, from Lima, waiting for a flight from Lima to Piura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitperu.com - Peru tourist board

www.andeantravelweb.com/peru

www.peru.info

 

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