Miraflores, Lima Miraflores is the tourist centre of Lima. A blend of old and new, mostly flat and easy to get around. Bursting with life but traffic is chaos.
Chebiche. The multicultural story of a dish.
The tradition of Chebiche started in pre-Hispanic Peru when Indigenous cultures started “cooking” their fish using the juices and flesh of tumbo, a kind of passion fruit.
Later, the Incas started marinated and salted their catch to transport it to the mountains.
The Spanish added lemons and onions. The Japanese brought the scallops and the pawns
The leftover cebiche juice, called leche tigre, is a perfect cure for a hangover.
In the photo, a modern and more refined edition of cebiche, Ah, I forgot to say that it is absolutely delicious.
Santa Catalina, Arequipa The Santa Catalina Covent of the Dominican Order is a walled town with the city of Arequipa. It occupies a whole block with small houses cobbled streets, cloisters and tiny plazas. For over a hundred years, the nuns, 175 at its peak, had servants to cook and look after them, as they themselves dedicated all their time to god. The had daily self-punishment rituals and had to confess also daily to the local priest for impure thoughts.
For the Virtue of the Family – A parade in Arequipa.
Arequipa is an old Inka city with Spanish influence. It is called the white city because it is built with Sillar, a whitish volcanic rock local to the area. We arrived in Arequipa on the eve of a parade on the Plaza de Armas to honour and celebrate the virtues of the family. Families, schools, universities, whole neighbourhoods, parade and celebrate in this yearly event that last all day.
One of the active volcanoes from the hills on the fringe of the city of Arequipa.
Vicuñas is the most precious species of the four camelids native in Peru and the national park was launched just for the its protection. Their number is very small, less than 1000. Their wool is very soft and very expensive. One needs a certificate to export a cloth made from Vicuna wool outside Peru.
The Colca Canyon is the deepest surface canyon on the planet, reaching 4100m at its deepest. It is the deepest canyon in the world , although the sides are not as steep as the Grand Canyon.
At the section we arrived at, it was only 1km deep, but that’s all you need for the Condor. The Andean Condor is large, majestic. It lives approximately 70 years and it is, together with the puma and the snake, one of three sacred animals of Incas.
Taquile. A wonderful and unusual island in lake Titicaca very close to Bolivia. In Taquile the men knit, to be more specific, only the men knit. The islanders speak Aymara, the local dialect, they have their own customs and an interesting way of governance, a council consisting six members, one from each of the six parts of the islands. The old man in the photo is 92 years old. The red hat means he is married.
Pisaq, Sacred Valley
The Inca terraces in Pisaq is a symbol of farming technology and ingenuity. Each terrace is consisted of 4 layers: black earth, gravel, sand and clay so to keep the soil fertile and moistured. Incas used guano manure as a fertiliser, brought from the shores of the Pacific, a journey that lasted almost a year.
Market in Urubamba
The Train to Aguas Calllientes
Photos hardly can show the beauty of this place