Peru - Empire of Hidden Treasures

Just days after I had visited the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu, a natural disaster hit the only railway to the UNESCO site.
Plaza de Armas  Cusco is the archaeological capital of the Americas. Plaza de Armas was the heart of Inca Cusco - december 31, 2009 Cuzco  I stayed about a week in Cusco to fully appreciate this fascinating place - Cusco - Peru - december 30, 2009 Machu Picchu  View of the East Agriculture section with the storage constructions - Machu Picchu - Peru - January 4, 2010 Sacred Valley  Pisac is the most impressive of all sites in the Sacred Valley which are second only to fabulous Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Peru - January 2, 2010
Cincero  Streetscene at Cincero - December 2009 Amantani  Ermenia prepares a meal for her husband and myself in the kitchen - Amantani - december 29, 2009 Taquile Island  Taquile island on Lake Titicaca has wonderfully preserved the Peruvian and Bolivian cultures - Taquile island - Peru - december 29, 2009 Taquile Island  It's a serious hike to the main square of Taquile island but rewarding - Taquile island - Peru - december 29, 2009
Sacred Valley-2  Hi folks ! - Sacred Valley - December 23, 2009 Cuzco  Some Inca walls remain which can easily be recognised by the huge stones - Cusco - Peru - january 3, 2010 Chincero  The women of Chinchero had inherited the spinning and wool weaving art. For this reason, they wear their traditional clothes with pride. They wear llicllas, vests and black flannel skirts fastened to their bodies with girdles or chumpis. On their heads, they use colorful cloth caps - Chinchero - Peru - january 2, 2010 Machu Picchu  Almost a hundred years after Hiram Bingham's discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911, finally I could admire the new wonder of the world - Machu Picchu - Peru - January 4, 2010
Machu Picchu  The local wildlife seems to enjoy admiring Machu Picchu as well - January 4, 2010 Machu Picchu  In december 1983, UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a "Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Humankind," making it Peru's first Archaeological Monument that serves as an excellent example of the Incans' architectural genius - Machu Picchu - Peru - January 4, 2010 Tambopata  The Caipibara is the biggest rodent in the world. We spotted quite a few of these barking creatures - Tambopata River - january 6, 2010 Tambopata River  Turtles sunbathing on a treetrunk along the riverbanks of the Tambopata River - Tambopata River - january 6, 2010
Tambopata River  Dozens of blue headed- and yellow foreheaded Amazon parrots can be spotted at the claylick most mornings - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Tambopata River  A couple of Red-bellied Macaws - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Tambopata River  The macaw and parrot clay licks of the Tambopata river can be found about 3 hours up-stream by boat from Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Tambopata-6  Dozens of this lovely birds can be spotted early morning on the banks of the Tambopata River - January 2010
Tambopata River  Lazy Howler monkey hanging in a tree at Tambopata National Reserve - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Puerto Maldonado  Cruising on the Tambopata River -Puerto Maldonado - January 7, 2010 Madre de Dios  Wondering how much soles I donated in the tip box - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Tarantula  I spotted a few Tarantulas during a nocturnal walk in the rainforest. This specimen was as big as my hand ! - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010
Madre de Dios Ntl Reserve  Creepy insects in Madre de Dios Nacional Reserve of Tambopata - Tambopata River - january 7, 2010 Puno  I found the time being spent in Puno way too short to fully appreciate the area - Puno - December 28, 2010 Puno  Puno has a good infrastructure to serve visitors, including a walking street lined with restaurants, shops and bars - Puno - December 28, 2010 Plaza de Armas  Fronted by a large flight of stairs stands the Cathedral - Cusco - Peru - december 31, 2009
Cuzco  I had been celebrating New Year's in all corners of the globe. This was however the first time in Cuzco - December 31, 2009 Machu Picchu  The Sacred Plaza, next to the main temples sits 2433 meters above sea level. Below, the Urubamba River - Machu Picchu - January 4, 2010 Machu Picchu  Group photo of the Tucan Explorers re-discovering Machu Picchu.  Myself sitting with red cap.  - Machu Picchu - January 4, 2010 Machu Picchu  Although I came in rainy season, The Lost city of the Incas is always impressive - Machu Picchu  - January 4, 2010
Plaza de Armas  Lunch with a view - Cusco - Peru - January 3, 2010 Puno  Fashionable hats worn by the ladies of Puno - Peru - december 28, 2009 Puno  When I arrived in Puno, I was so fortunate to witness a folklore festival - Puno - Peru - December 28, 2010 Puno  Puno is Peru's folkore centre with a rich tradition of music and dance - Puno - December 28, 2010
Puno  The city of Puno is located at an altitude of 3,855m. above sea level - Puno - December 28, 2010 Puno  Quechua speakers of Puno, the folklore capital of Peru - December 28, 2010 Puno  I have always wondered what this two ladies were chatting about - Puno - Peru - December 28, 2010 Lake Titicaca -  Uros Island - Lake Titicaca - Puno - December 28, 2009
Lake Titicaca  The floating reed islands of Uros are a interesting experience for any traveler. With Jenny and Vanessa in a typical reed home - Uros island - Peru - december 28, 2009 Lake Titicaca  The man-made islands of Uros have fascinating history and story behind them - Uros island - Peru - december 28, 2009 Lake Titicaca  Sailing between the Uros islands gives you the chance to experience the magic and desolate beauty of Lake Titicaca - Uros island - Peru - december 28, 2009 Amantani  The people on Amantani speaks Quechua - Amantani - december 30, 2009
Amantani  Probably the highest elevated discotheque in the world. Dancing 4000 meters above sealevel ! - Amantani - december 30, 2009 Sacred Valley  To reach the ruins of Pisac, one should not be afraid of heights - Sacred Valley - January 2, 2010 Ollantaytambo  Ollantaytambo : A living breathing Inca town - January 2, 2010 Ollantaytambo  Transport someone who lived in Ollantaytambo in the early 1500s to the present and they would recognise much of what is still here today - Ollantaytambo - January 2, 2010
Ollantaytambo  Local of Ollantaytambo here at the market - January 2, 2010 Machu Picchu  When Bingham reached reached the mountain, he found two families farming the steep sides of the mountain. It was a child, the son of one of the families that led the explorers into the archeaological remains - Machu Picchu - January 4, 2010 Machu Picchu  Even on a cloudy day, Machu Picchu is a truly magical site - January 4, 2010 Lama  Machu Picchu is'nt only frequented by human visitors - January 4, 2010
Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu - Peru - January 4, 2010 Puno  Colorfull ladies in the streets of Puno - December 28, 2009 Puno  Dressed up for the event - Puno - December 28, 2009 Amantani  With Ermenia, my host mother and some of her relatives during my home-stay at their place - Amantani Island - January 2010
Cuzco  New Year's eve at Mithology, the most trendy nightclub these days - Cuzco- december 31, 2009 Puno  Locals of Puno - December 28, 2009 Puno  Cool dude in the streets of Puno - December 28, 2009 Sacred Valley  With the magnificent Sacred Valley behind me - December 2009