MACHU PICCHU 3

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“Pachacutec: Ruler of the Incas from 1438-1471 and the founder of the greatest royal dynasty in Inca history. (Often compared to Alexander the Great.) He launched a building program that created many of the most famous works of Inca architecture, including Machu Picchu and Qoricancha.” From “Turn Right at Machu Picchu” by Mark Adams

Pictures: 18OCT12. Machu Picchu, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

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MACHU PICCHU

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Hiram Bingham III discovered the glorious Machu Picchu in 1911. Well, discovered it for the outside world. It was known to locals for years.

All pictures taken: 18OCT12. Machu Picchu, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

ON THE WAY TO OLLANTAYTAMBO

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ImageWe took a taxi from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and one stretch was so stunning, the taxi driver hearing my gasps, asked if I’d like him to pull over for a bit. “Yes, please!”

Pictures: 17OCT12. Cusco, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

CUSCO (Former Inca Empire)

Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
La Catedral De Cuzco
La Catedral De Cuzco
The Statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ)
The Statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ)

Built in 1945 by Christian Palestinians who were seeking refuge in Cuzco. This is their gift of gratitude to the town of Cuzco.

Cuzco Before a Rainstorm
Cuzco Before a Rainstorm
Tucked Away in a Courtyard off of Calle Marques
Tucked Away in a Courtyard off of Calle Marques
View of Cuzco from Qoricancha
View of Cuzco from Qoricancha

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All pictures taken: OCT12. Cusco, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

LIMA GRAFFITI

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Fear Paralyzes Us
Fear Paralyzes Us

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There isn’t a lot of graffiti in Lima, which leads me to believe that there must be harsh penalties for painting street art. But from what you can see here, there are some talented street artists that would flourish, given more freedom.

All pictures taken: OCT12. Lima, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

LIMA

View of the Plaza de Armas
View of the Plaza de Armas
Cathedral of Lima attached to the Archbishop's Palace
Cathedral of Lima attached to the Archbishop’s Palace
Park of the Flag
Park of the Flag
Government Palace
Government Palace
Guards at the Palace
Guards at the Palace
Old Building in Lima Centro
Old Building in Lima Centro
Flower at Huaca Pucllana
Flower at Huaca Pucllana
Huaca Pucllana
Huaca Pucllana

The remains of a great Pyramid (a Step Pyramid that had no vaults inside, just a solid structure) in the Miraflores district of Lima, built during the period of 200-900 A.D. It sits surrounded by Lima’s modern commerce. The whole place served as a ceremonial and administrative center for the advancement of Lima culture.

Seafront in Lima
Seafront in Lima
Bohemian Area in Barranco
Bohemian Area in Barranco
Seafront
Seafront
Old Wooden Train Restaurant in Barranco
Old Wooden Train Restaurant in Barranco

All pictures taken: 14OCT12. Lima, Peru. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 18-135mm)

CUZCO GRAFFITI 4

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Reminiscent of Lik Mi’s pasties in Bogota! I looked up “Chuncho” and basically at the time of the Spanish conquest, The Chuncho people lived in the forest east of Cuzco in communal housing and survived mostly through hunting. I don’t know what this piece represents, but I find it interesting to see the word “chuncho.” Artist unknown. 20OCT12. Cuzco, Peru. (iPAD, Instagram Lo-Fi Aspect.)

CUZCO GRAFFITI 3

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Literally translated from European Spanish, this means “Forbid Urinating Death Penalty.” I have no idea what this could mean culturally or politically. Artist unknown. 20OCT12. Cuzco, Peru. (iPAD, Instagram Lo-Fi Aspect)