Lots of vendors selling their products. On the very left you can see meat products. The lack of refrigeration is concerning to me.
First Meal in Peru
First meal I ate in Peru. I loved the taste so much I wanted to cry. Even the white rice had a flavor undertone. Deliciousness for only 8 soles (2.38 USD)! The empty plate on the left was cevice.
Chan Chan (Sun Sun) was build by the Chimus around 850 AD. The largest Pre-Columbian complex. I would suggest to tour these ruins with a guide since there are only 3 signs within.
Wall of History
The glyphic tell much on how the Chimus used to live, their rituals and beliefs. I'm amazed by the amount of information archeologists were able to collect.
Bow down before your queen! Jk. Don't actually know the status of a person who used to wear this outfit. Probably was some kind of priestess. (I'm at the temple of the sun and the moon - huaca del sol y de la luna.)
Inside the temple of the moon
If you are in Trujillo, Peru, you need to see this temple! I preferred this temple over huge Chan Chan. This is the temple of the moon, a religious temple. Unfortunately the temple of the sun, a political temple, has not yet been worked on to be toured.
Wall layers inside the temple
To increase the temple side, their civilization would add layers around the existing layers, covering up the old ones completely. The bottom colored wall is the 3rd layer and the upper colored wall is the 4th layer.
On top of the temple looking to the sun temple
The picture represents what once was down below. In the background, that hill is actually the temple of the sun, but there currently is not enough funding for archeologists and the temple remains to be closed to the public. The moon temple is a religious site, whereas the sun temple is political.
Moon temple ritual site
Here the priests would perform rituals that were open to the public. The human sacrifices were done inside, hidden from the commoners.
Outside wall of the temple
The paintings on this wall paints the history of this place. The hole was created by invaders and robbers, who were after treasures inside the covered layers.
Outer wall up close
A close up picture of the outer wall. The sign makes it easier see all the paintings. For example, the bottom row shows naked warriors from their own clan, who lost a ritual game battle and are soon to be sacrificed.
Town of Huaraz
View from my hostel in Huaraz. I'm amazed on the volume of parks Peru has, even at seemingly random places. In the picture you can see one of the many parks in this town.
We stopped by Querococha Lake on our way to Chavin (historical ruins).
The historical ruins of Chavin. The square dip in the land used to be the main plaza. The main building is in the back. There used to be more buildings, but they no longer exist. This civilization believed themselves to be the center of the earth, because the mountain range had shapes of their 3 gods.
Chavin main building
If you look closely, you can see carvings on the pillars. The main building walls were built at a 5 degree slope to make the construction more earthquake safe.
Inside a building at Chavin
This is down below, inside a building at Chavin. There were a lot of corridors that lead to a dead end.
This is the only tenon head left at an exterior wall at Chavin. The others can be found in various museums.
Lima's foggy waterfront
A small section of the long waterfront in Lima. This part is dedicated to the Nazca lines. There is thick fog in the back. Apparently Lima is known for fog.
Temple in the middle of Miraflores, Lima. This place used to be much larger, but initial city construction didn't care about the history. Now, during the day people tour the temple, and at night the restaurant on site becomes a trendy, expensive bar.
The fanciest food I've eaten on my trip so far. Super tasty.
One of the bigger parks in Lima. Should be called Cat Park instead since there are probably more than 100 cats roaming.
Parque de la Reserva
An awesome water fountain park that, I think, nobody should miss. Some fountains are interactive.
I live the silhouette of people posing for their own pictures or admiring the fountain.
Anticuchos (cow heart) is a Peruvian popular dish.
Art Park in Lima
Just so happened that an event was happening on the day we went. Lots of skaters, street dancers, and graffity artists around.
Conqueror of the sand buggy. An epic experience I hope to relive one day. Maybe next time I can drive myself.
We admired the sunset during our sand buggy drive.
Oasis by Ica. Ica is seen in the background.
I was surprised how shallow the lines are. And you can still see them from far away? I saw this straight line stretch all the way to the mountain in the back.
Birdview of Cusco
Easy to see that Cusco is yet an other city built in the valley.
Saved myself a lot of money by following up the street and getting a distant view of these ruins instead of buying the entry ticket.
San Paolo Market
The food section of the market during slow time.
San Paolo Market Food
Bought this plate of delishiousnes for only $1.30.
Train tracks to Machu Picchu
We followed these train tracks for 2 hours to get to Agua Caliente, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.
Stairs to Machu Picchu
My favorite set of stairs on my way up to Machu Picchu. This hour hike is all stairs.
Thick fog at Machu Picchu at 7 in the morning.
Machu Picchu Famous Site
This world wonder is amazing. Can't believe somebody decided to go through the effort to build this place on top of a mountain.
On the boat to the floating islands.
First sighting of a floating island
The first time I saw a floating island
Most floating islands are comprised of only a few huts, each containing a family. The small island I visited had 5 families.
Standing on one island and taking a picture of an other island.
Standing on a floating island
The homes here are so small. Fits a twin size bed, a small dresser, and then has a little walk space.