Our trip started out in Lima, the capital of Peru. Here's the facade around the convent cloister of the 17th century San Francisco cathedral.
We also visited the National Archeological Museum where I was taken with the ... er...floor tiles.
The home of the Archbishop of Lima is famous for these Moorish-style carved balconies.
Some of the homes in Lima are quite modern and luxurious, especially ones near the beach in the Miraflores section.
But, many of the Lima residents live in self-governing shantytowns like this one that typically lack water and electricity.
Part of our tour of Lima included a vist to their fresh fish market. There were hundreds of customers like these guys.
We met some of the local fishermen at the market.
We loved the looks of the fishing nets.
I just happened to catch a brother and sister sharing a goodie while they were sitting on the seawall. Cute, huh?
The Lima area is filled with old churches - some not in such great shape and undergoing renovation.
And, the churches draw friars - this one adopting the typical pose of hands grasped behind his back.
Lima is also filled with outdoor markets selling food...
... and supplies.
Many Lima residents get around town by taxicab.
From Lima, we flew from sea level to the city of Cusco in the Andes at an altitude of almost 11,000 feet.
This is a panoramic view of the main plaza in Cusco - the Plaza-de Armas.
Here's a closer view of the plaza.
One day we were there, the town was shut down by a strike for higher wages and lower transportation costs.
But, some people have their own way of striking.
While in Cusco, we went to a dance show portraying the Indian culture of Peru.
But the Indian culture was visible everywhere in the area. This is pottery at the Santo Domingo convent.
Here's an Indian woman walking her llama and parrot in front of the ruins at Sacsayhuaman, just outside of Cusco (hmm, maybe a bit staged).
Inca ruins at Pisac about 20 miles outside of Cusco.
Notice the agricultural terraces leading up to the hilltop fort at Pisac.
The area around Cusco is filled with llamas and alpacas (please don't ask us to point out the differences).
Another llama or alpaca.
A baby llama or alpaca.
I had thought the use of Indian dress in the Cusco plaza was just for show. But no, the Indians in the hinterlands actually dress that way.
And workers... well this IS probably for show.
Visitors, of course, wear whatever they wish.
The state religion of Peru is Catholicism so churches and cathedrals are quite prevalent throughout the country.
Yet, you can still find an indian shaman practicing his ancient faith.
While walking around the Cusco area, I couldn't help but notice some interesting windows and walls, Here are some samples.
This is a window in the side of a church, not a prison.
The wall behind a fountain at San Blas plaza.
I just loved these shutters.
it was a rainy day as we took the train to the best known Peruvian destination...
How the Incas moved 15 ton stones to the mountain top and fitted them together without mortar is still a mystery.
It is truly wonderous.
Sights to behold in the mist.
Yep, we really were there.
So were some creatures, like this wild guinea pig.
Which natives consider a delicacy. I'd say it tastes pretty much like... er... racoon?
The sun came out during our second day at Machu Picchu.
The sights were clearer but not as dramatic.
Dark day at Machu Picchu
The train ride back from Machu Picchu in clear weather revealed some beautiful scenery.