I love Peru, its amazing natural beauty, the rich culture and the utterly friendly people. The country has incredibly diverse landscapes from coastal deserts to high mountains and tropical rainforests and impressive evidence of ancient cultures. In 2017 we crossed Latin America from the West coast to the East coast. Starting in Lima we made a road trip via Nasca to Arequipa, headed further to the Colca Valley and from there to Lake Titicaca and to Bolivia. Cusco, the Urumbamba Valley, the Sacred valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu we had visited before. Here are some of the moments I loved the most:
The city of Arequipa is one of my favourite places in the Peruvian Altiplano. We stopped there on our way from Lima to the Colca Canon and further to La Paz. The city with beautiful colonial style buildings is surrounded by 3 volcanoes. The roof-top terrace of our hotel at Plaza de Armas offered this stunning view on the 5822 m tall Misti. It was beautiful during daytime but even more during sunset. In the evening sun it looked like the top of the volcano was glowing.
4410m above sea level at Interoceanica highway in the Peruvian Altiplano on our way from Colca Valley to Lake Titicaca. There was a stunning view on the lake Lagunilla but I just had eyes for this super cute baby guanaco.
Indigenous people started domesticating guanacos around 3000 B.C. It is estimated that there have been around 50 millions of guanacos in South America before the arrival of the Europeans. Today it´s only around 600.000.
They have been hunted for their meat, skin and to gain pastures for sheeps
Aren’t they sweet ?? These fluffy cuties came across our way at the shore of Lake Titicaca.
Did you know that there are 4 different species of camelids in South America? Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas and Guanacos.
These lovely alpacas live in the Andes at an altitude of around 3500 m. Andean people started domesticating alpacas thousands of years ago for their fine and warm fiber which is used to make various woven items.
Alpaca fibers have 52 (!) different natural colours. Some of those you can see on these pics. 🥰
Alpacas are very social, gentle and intelligent.
This is one of the most amazing sunrises I have ever seen – a bit north of Puno at Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3800 m. We’ve been there close to the Uros Floating Island in September, it was one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have ever been to. No mass tourism, no traffic noise – just SILENCE and an incredible landscape. Being there I REALLY understood why indigenous people worshiped the sun as the highest goodness. During daytime temperature are moderate and comfortable but when the sun is gone it gets immediately freezing cold. The Uros people live at floating islands made of reed close to the western shore of lake Titicaca. You can go there easily by boat and visit the islands.