Peru Trip
Jan 1, 2013Public
Photo: Parque del Amor, Lima,  inspired by Gaudi's Parc Guell in Barcelona
Photo: People decorated the walls with tiles and many wrote romantic inscriptions, no doubt inspired by the centerpiece sculpture called El Beso (the kiss).
Photo: Tsunami evacuation route sign along the Pacific. I was woken up in the middle of the first night in Lima by what turned out to be an earthquake that was 4.5 on the Richter Scale. (The locals, apparently, didn't even notice because these tremors are so common.)
Photo: I was so excited to see the Moche Warriors at the amazing archeology museum in Lima.
Photo: Huaca Pucllana is a pyrmid right in the city of Lima. It dates back long before the Incan Empire, between 200 and 700 AD, builty by the Wari people.
Photo: The Huaca Pucllana pyramids are built from clay bricks. The majority of the ruins have survived numerous major earthquakes.
Photo: The Andes Mountains from the plane.
Photo: Cusco Valley, in the heart of the Andes Mountains
Photo: Waiting for the bus. Everyone carried their stuffed bundled in handwoven blankets.
Photo: Cusco valley with the Viva El Peru sign on the mountain and a really, really huge cell tower.
Photo: A weaving cooperative
Photo: Women from different communities wear hats of different designs that designate their tribe.
Photo: Feeding one of the alpacas at the cooperative. They use the wool to make handicrafts.
Photo: A different variety of alpacas. They're very wooly because it was wintertime.
Photo: They use these natural ingredients to dye the wool.
Photo: Dyed wool
Photo: The very, very, very dry Andes
Photo: A potter in the Pisac, a market town that is situated in the middle of a vast area surrounded by Incan ruins
Photo: One of the many pictures of dogs I've taken on one of my many trips.
Photo: Lots of farming in the Andes region
Photo: Jovanna, the Andean region tour guide, showing us some of the many different varieties of potatoes (which, incidentally, are native to the Andes). Farmers also dry whole potatoes to preserve them through the winter. They're a common site at the local markets. In the background, there are also a gazillion varieties of corn, with purple corn being one of the favorites in Peru.
Photo: There were pigs on all the farms we passed driving to see ruins.
Photo: The ruins at Moray-the microclimate of between the terraced layers varies as much as 27 degrees between the upper and lower sections.
Photo: On the train to Machu Picchu- Christina, our trip facilitator, and Annemarie, my dear Australian friend