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Cusco’s Plaza de Armas at night – all photos by the author – www.dojoklo.com Every visitor to Cusco is likely to tour the Cathedral and a couple major museums, relax in the Plaza de Armas, and marvel at the exotic offerings in the San Pedro food market.  However there are additional essential sites and experiences […]

My lists of Peru and Cusco resources later in the post, click here: Peru – Cusco Resources There are a couple Peruvian / Andean related books that have recently been published and which I both just finished reading:  the wonderfully woven travel stories, characters, and histories of Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, […]

I just stumbled across this on Amazon – here’s my photo on the Viva Travel Guide – Machu Picchu and Cusco guide book. Inca King at Inti Raymi – Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru 2007 I would like to mention, for those researching digital SLR cameras, that this photo was taken with an Olympus SP-320, 7 megapixel […]

Two years ago, in 2008, I ventured to the annual rebuilding of the last remaining traditional Inca rope bridge, the Keshwa Chaca, which spans the Apurimac River near Huinchiri, Peru.  My mission was to photograph the locals as they spun q’olla grass into rope, constructed the bridge, and celebrated the completion with a festival of […]

This weekend – June 10-13, 2010 – is the annual reconstruction of the Keshwa Chaca, the last remaining traditional Inca rope bridge (actually made of straw or grass), which spans the Apurimac River near Huinchiri, Peru.  If you are in the Cusco area, I highly encourage you to visit the bridge building and the incredible […]

Here is a reposting of my Mother’s Day post from a couple years ago from Peru: Marilyn at Aldea Yanapay with tarjeta de la Dia de las Madres that reads: “Happy Mother´s Day Mommy, you are the prettiest of all the parents, a flower that blooms in my garden. For this I love you Mom.”

I just learned that I’ve accomplished one of my photography goals:  to have my photo on the cover of a travel guide book!  My photo of the Inca King at Inti Raymi was selected to be on the cover of the Viva Travel Guide Cusco and Machu Picchu guide book.  As their website explains, “V!VA […]

My photo Women in the Plaza – Combapata, Peru, was one of 50 selected – from thousands of photos from over 100 countries – to represent the United Nations Development Programme and their Humanizing Development campaign. The photos will be published in a book sponsored by the Presidency of Brazil, and are currently on exhibit […]

The Ucayali River, somewhere between Pucallpa and Iquitos. I once visited Istanbul, reaching it by ship, and realized that was by far the best way to enter the city.  One slowly floats past the bustling city, with exotic minarets poking up from the skyline, and then disembarks in the manner travelers had for centuries.  The city of […]

I haven’t written an update on Clara for awhile, so there is a lot to catch up on! As previously discussed, my friend Nienke put me in touch with an American special needs teacher here, Celeste, who then arranged for a young deaf Peruvian women, Karen, to work with Clara.  Finally everyone’s schedules coodinated, and they […]

Please view additional Yanapay photo essay at www.dojoklo.com OK, so I’ve been very forgetful.  I forgot to do a special post for Tracie and for Aunt Vickie and Grandma on their donation days.  I will have to make that up to you…  BUT, today is Gail Zimmer’s donation day and birthday!  Her donation was for […]

Traditional dances from various regions of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile As the bus from Puno approached Juliaca, I turned to the campesina woman next to me and asked how I could continue on to the Festival de Tinajani.  Her face lit up and she told me, “Nosotros vamos a Tinajani tambien!” – “We´re going to Tinajani also!” I asked how […]

**Sorry, the links to most the photos got messed up.  Please view photos in the Peru gallery at www.dojoklo.com or my Inti Raymi set on Flickr here. Here are some shots from the Inti Raymi morning ceremony to greet the sun, at Coricancha.  I got there bright and early, and hour and a half before, […]

You can view this entire photo series, with captions, on my website at www.dojoklo.com in the “Inca Bridge” gallery. See THIS POST for my videos of the bridge construction. see THIS POST for the story of getting to the bridge site.  

Photos of the bridge building can be seen HERE, and also on my website at www.dojoklo.com in the Inca Bridge gallery. Videos of the bridge can be seen HERE Rolando stopped the taxi right in front of the group of women weaving straw ropes, sitting by the side of the road.  Their kids immediately ran to the window, […]

See THIS POST for photos of the bridge construction. See THIS POST for the story of getting to the bridge site. Nearing completion of the Keshwa Chaca – Inca bridge made of q’oya grass – on Saturday afternoon, June 7, 2008 . The completed Keshwa Chaca – Inca bridge – on Sunday morning, June 8, […]

A map uncovered by Paolo Greer demonstrating that Hiram Bingham wasn’t the first outsider to “discover” Machu Picchu (and the farmers living there, who presumably knew it was there as well) A few months ago I met a real life explorer in the South American Explorer’s Club in Cusco named Paolo Greer.  He told me […]

When asked a question, a Peruvian will never respond that they don’t know the answer.  Instead they will always offer an answer, any answer, its accuracy and veracity: unimportant.  Ask the next passing Peruvian the same question, you will get a wholly contradictory, yet equally passionate response.  Put the two responders together and ask the […]

Huinchiri

Here is where I plan to be this weekend, in Huinchiri, to witness the annual rebuilding of the Keshwa Chaca, or Inca straw bridge over the Apurimac River.  Notice how Huinchiri is a dot with no roads anywhere near it! Here are some articles about the bridge: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0725/p20s01-litr.html?page=1 http://www.rutahsa.com/k-chaca.html http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/08/science/08bridg.html?ex=1336276800&en=0861da23a58a1746&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

I had a few hours before a meeting in Ollantaytambo, so I snuck in to the ruins and took some photos: Some of the stones were very Noguchi -esque, such as the one in the background. Perhaps the Inca were Pre-Noguchian And the sky over Ollantaytambo  

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