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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 […]

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 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 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 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 […]


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:

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  

Apparently Elvis once ran for mayor in Ollantaytambo And to make matters more interesting, he now lives there as a duck (see close up below)

Commuters encountered on the hike from Calca to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins near Lamay Just like a Martin Chambi photo, no? Which way to las ruinas?

It just wouldn´t be a religious holiday without the self-induced suffering.  And the whipping.  Even the kids get to take part! Get me to the Plaza on time!  (We will meet back up with these guys a little later…) The little guy was enjoying the whip quite a bit Often those are toy stuffed llamas on […]

I´ve entered myself into another photo/ writing contest, which again turns out to be a popularity-voting contest.  However with this one, there is no signing in or registering…you just click!  AND, you can vote once a day, every day, and keep voting and voting and voting for me! 1. just go here:‎ 2. look for […]

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 11:30am See Flickr for additional kids in costumes, with balloons!

This monitor at the hostal is very bad so I can´t tell if I´m choosing the best exposures…

with a stray hair on the sensor.  luckily I discovered that now and hopefully got it out of there…

Sunday was El Dia de La Madre here in Peru, which is similar to Mother´s Day in the U.S., except that here all citizens are required to go to the bakery and then carry around a cake in a box covered with hearts.  There were also a couple local celebrations going on in the Sacred Valley, so when […]

Marilyn with tarjeta de la Dia de las Madres: “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.”

Enjoying chicha at the Chinchero Market   The ruins at Chinchero Starting the hike from Chinchero Boys with their sheep.  They asked us where we were going…In hindsight we think this is where we got distracted and “I” lost the trail! I took the lead and, hmmmm…where did the trail go?   Trying to re-find the […]

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