Peru Photos

Peru Photos

Here are some photos. Narrative to follow at a later date!

Nazca Lines

We saw about 13 figures plus the aqueducts while flying over the mysterious Nasca Lines.

Nazca Lines Plane

Zach is trying not to look as sick as he feels. Despite taking a Dramamine, I’m not in much better shape.

Zach & Apryle with Nazca Plane

Feet back on solid ground!

Los Paredones of Nazca

While in Nasca, we did about a 5 mile run that visited 3 historic sites including Paradones.

Cantalloc Aqueducts of Nazca

On our run we also visited aqueducts we saw from the plane. Possibly built by Pre-Columbian Nazca architects around 540 A.D. in response to two prolonged droughts during that time.

Ollantaytambo Downtown

Ascending to Inca ruins above Ollantaytambo, with the terraces of Ollantaytambo Fortress visible in the background.

View from Pinkuylluna

The Inca ruins of Pinkuylluna were used as Inca storehouses. It was free to visit this site and only about a quarter mile from our hotel.

View from Pinkuylluna

 Looking through a window at Pinkuylluna, with the Fortress in the background.

Pumamarca Ruins of Ollantaytambo Hike

The next day, we hiked to more free ruins. As we approached Pumamarka ruins, a farmer gave us permission to hike through his field.

Pumamarca Ruins of Ollantaytambo Hike

Looking down at the canyon from Pumamarka.

Pumamarca Ruins of Ollantaytambo

Zach made friends with the natives at Pumamarka.

Sungate Hike @ Machu Picchu

We hiked up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, and our effort paid off with tourist-free views.

Sungate Hike @ Machu Picchu

We immediately hiked to the Sun Gate to watch as the light first splash color onto the Lost City of Machu Picchu.

Sungate Hike @ Machu Picchu

The ruins were incredible, and the surrounding jungle mountains were, also.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Llamas graze amidst the ruins.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Those Incas know how to choose a good view.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Machu Picchu is home to myriad flora and fauna.

Rufous-Collared Sparrow @ Machu Picchu

The trip was full of birding.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Temple of the Three Windows.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

This stone kept time.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Wife and husband.

Machu Picchu Restoration Work

We watched restoration crews repack mud into some of the walls.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Some walls were so intricately carved that the blocks fit seamlessly and no mortar was necessary.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

Machu Picchu was built into an impossibly steep mountainside.

Machu Picchu Wonderings

The hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu follows a stone pathway made by the Inca.

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Our Cordillera Huayhuash hike started in Llamac and ascended to this first stark pass.

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek with Victor and Apryle
Lots of Grandfather Cacti
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek
Day 2, the wind nearly knocked us over as we hiked up and over a steep pass.
Hiking near Rondoy Pass

The next drainage held spectacular views.

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

The rocky, arid landscape was bursting with purple lupine.

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Camp at Curtelwain, where giardia symptoms hit hard.

Downtown Huaraz

We got a bus back to Huaraz, watching movies in Spanish and resting. We could hear the honking of taxi drivers and barking of dogs on the bustling streets below our hotel window.

Hauraz Market
Hauraz Market
Hauraz Market
The Hof Camping

We headed to an alpine hostel called The Hof to finish recovering from giardia and get a few hikes in in the Cordillera Blanca.

Laguna Churup Hike

We couldn’t wait to get back on our feet, and immediately hiked to Laguna Churup from our hostel.

Laguna Churup Hike

After an ascent that used ropes over rocky slabs like the Via Ferrata, we reached Laguna Churup.

Laguna Churup Hike

At 14,600 ft, and still very weak from giardia, Laguna Churup was a tough warm up.

Cojup Canyon Hike

Giant hummingbirds loved these huge blooms on the hillside behind The Hof.

Cojup Canyon Hike

The next day, we planned an easy exploration and recovery day up Qedabra Cojup.

Cojup Canyon Hike

But as the scenery tempted us to press on, our recovery day turned into a 17 mile roundtrip.

Cojup Canyon Hike

Zach sporting his giardia.

Cojup Canyon Hike

The return trip was just as beautiful.

Ilaca Lake Hike

Our next big hike from the Hof was up to Llaca.

Ilaca Lake Hike
Ilaca Lake Hike
The glacial melt forms sparkling lakes. This lake has a dam to protect Huaraz below from flooding.
Ilaca Lake Hike
Ilaca Lake Hike
Ilaca Lake Hike
Ilaca Lake Hike

The crystal clear, brilliant blue stream hid the effects of cattle.

Apryle & Zach in Miraflores

Finally we explored the beaches of Lima. Lima is the most grey, overcast place I have ever been.

Villa Marshes

We checked out the birding at Villa Marshes about 11 miles south of Lima in a district called Chorrillos.

Black-Crowned Night Heron

We rented a boat and to our suprise a guide came with it. Though I do not know the English name, our guide call this bird a Wacu.

Common Moorhen
Striated Heron
Villa Marsh Padding Trip
Apryle on Las Vegas Strip

Layover in Las Vegas.

Bellagio



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