Gallery The Great Peru Adventure of 2012 In Quito waiting for our las flight. We’ve been traveling for almost 24 hours at this point and we are ready to get there! First order of business: Pisco Sour. Our hostal in Lima. Millie’s Peruvian Volvo twin. Pizarro’s tomb. One must be serious in front of a tomb. Catacombs! Death. Death. Man standing with crazily dressed dog. Dancers Dancer with whip. Fun fact: The statue behind us has a llama on her head because llama in Spanish means both “flames” and “llama,” and the sculpter did not assume they meant “give her a crown of flames.” Creepy stuffed horse named Pinto. It’s important to remember that guinea pig is food here. These were my favorite pisco sours. Hotel Bolivar. Very important: A delicious meal is to follow. Grilled octopus with foamy deliciousness. Guinea pig done kind of like peking duck. Adam on his steak: “It’s like eating a cake make of meat.” Chicken. Also delicious. Melting chocolate sphere. Melting… Melting… MELTING!! The ocean at night. They have a thing for the Jersey Shore? Example #2. Thong with chullo printed on. Meow. The best part of this painting is Gandhi in the top right corner. Us with Bolivar. Bolivar! Apparently, this is a statue of a man holding a decapitated head. I am unlclear on whether it is his own. Note the voyeur pottery in the background diddling itself while the foreground pottery makes out. Llamas. Llama. Llama. Pisco sours at the bar where they were invented. Mmmmm. Red. Blue. VIP bus seats. Baroque Cathedral. The devil being crushed. Our hostal in Arequipa. A virgen. Another virgen. This spire was rebuilt after it fell in an earthquake. Ringing the bell. Plaza de Armas, Arequipa. Alpaca steak with quinoa. Fish. Typo. Santa (with llama) An old colonial mansion. An old colonial cupboard lined with Chinese newsprint. Apparently, Don Miguel Bernardo Cornejo y Bustamante LOST HIS MIND. Light and dark. The Plaza at night. Some guy selling a very well behaved rabbit on the sidewalk. WE DISCOVERED THE ALPACA YARN DISTRIBUTOR!! WE PURCHASED SO MANY YARNS. Llama. A lot of fiber to sort. Spooling. Chicha morada. A lot of chica morada… *This* is chupa de camarones. Giant river prawns. Santa Catalina Monastery at night. Santa Catalina Monastery. Passageway at Santa Catalina Monastary. A giant cookie cutter in the kitchen at the monastary Monastery courtyard lit up. Dinner afterwards. I’m having alpaca lomo saltado. He’s a little hard to make out, but that’s a Santa in a green suit at 2:30 in the morning. Selling drugs, our guide told us. Colca Canyon right before Adam proposed. Yay! Colca Canyon right after Adam proposed. A little girl and her alpaca. Through the corn fields. I learned that my name, Sara, means corn in Quechua. The way down. This awaited us at the bottom. The river. The next day, mules to get us back. Adam is unsure about his mule. Up we go! Llamas on the altiplano. A woman spinning yarn using her toes. Plus aplaca. Cathedral in Puno at night. Lago Titicaca. Reeds on Lago Titicaca. Reflection on the lake. Adam and the lake. Solar power! This is an island made of reeds. Literally made of reeds and anchored to the bottom of the lake. Island residents. Desiccated dead bird. Model version of the reed island and its inhabitants. Then we rode a reed boat. The lake again. A reed fish? Off we go to Taquile Island! On Taquile Island. Which is a big hill. From the top. After lunch. Flower. What follows is the strangest museum ever to live in an old colonial mansion. Welcome, here’s a dead skunk skin. Mummified Inca noble who probably never saw this coming. And some other sewn up animal skin. Bulls on the roof. (Apparently the Incas used llamas until the Spanish brought cows. Mummified ostritch foot. Old fabric. And a skull in a box in the bedroom. D: Taxidermiy cats? Are they cats? Vicuña! ::meeep:: I fed it a carrot. d’awww. Back on the road. The altiplano. Pretty. Glacier that has lost something like 60% of its mass. And I like pictures of llamas and mountains. Obligatory portrait. A boy and his llama, hustling tourists for photos. An old Inca wall. Still standing. It rained some. Piles of old Inca rocks. Flower. Flower. The train to Machu Picchu! Quite a view on the way up. In the bus. Adam being a creeper. MACHU PICCHU. Plus baby llama. Mama llama. Sacred rock. We are very happy. It is hard to capture or describe the vaulting sense of space. Llamas. This rock is significant in some way. Yes, more llamas. It’s like standing in front of a postcard. ❤ We decided to kick back afterwards. The next day, Ollantaytumbo. This is how we put up a light pole in Peru… Chicharrones—fried pork with corn, fried potatoes and onions. A nonprofit dedicated to preserving traditional weaving. I wanted to buy everything. Could afford nothing bigger than a pencil case. Dessert! Inca ruins on the hill above Cusco. Alpacas! “Sara, are you done photographing alpacas yet? NO!! Then I had an alpaca “Philly” Cheesesteak. Adam in a textile store while I browse sweaters. “100% Cuscan, 1000% Peruvian” And this is a souvenir that you can buy of two guinea pigs humping. Instead, I ate delicious fried guinea pig. A Spanish monastery built on top of an Inca holy site. Skulls with holes in their heads in a dingy basement museum. Fresh coca tea. 😀 Creepy representation of guinea pigs being raised and cooks. Creeeeepy. I picked this restaurant because it had my name in it. It might have made us sick, but was delicious. Yum. This was a 3 course meal for like $3. Main course. The last photo I took in Peru. Should have stolen the mug. Advertisements FacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in Peru and tagged peru, photos, travel. Bookmark the permalink.