S: A Summer in Peru
FC: A Summer in Peru
1: Peru July, 2011 - August, 2011
4: The weekend organic food fair was popular with Mai, mostly due to the alfajores cookies that the nuns sold.
5: Nothing beats a parade, especially one with lots of yummy street food.
6: We were told that everyone speaks English in Lima and that most of the menus would be in English. These were lies. | The cappuccinos and lattes were as good as the ones we had in Italy and were all beautiful to look at. This one was from Tanta, a café across the street from our Lima home base and we started almost every single day with a Tanta latte.
7: Our house mates, Chicha (on left, named after a homemade sweet Peruvian beer) and Pisco (on right, a 46 proof Peruvian liquor used in their national drink, the Pisco Sour).
8: Our overnight stay in the Lima Airport. We had some really nice hotel accommodations, but this evening wasn't one of them. | Opposite: The mountains outside of Chivay.
10: Juanita, our first tour guide.
11: A vicuna, the upper class cousin of the llama, whose fur can cost $1500 per scarf.
17: The Andean Condors, located in the Colca Canyon, is one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is part of the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located outside of Chivay.
18: Questioning the wisdom of saying "yes" to trying a local drink made from blended cacti.
20: Chullpas, or burial towers, in Sillustani, outside of Puno, Peru.
23: Our friend the guinea pig.
24: The floating islands of Uros in Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru.
25: The view from the top of Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca. The land mass at the far side of the lake is Bolivia.
27: Opposite:The hike getting to the top of Taquile Island, however, was ridiculous. | Above: Notice the size of the chair.
29: Opposite: The ruins of Raqchi.
31: Hiking the Inca Trail outside of Pisac, including terraces and ruins (next page).
37: Ruins at Ollantaytambo, Peru.
39: Machu Picchu
40: This vizcacha was hiding amongst the ruins. It is like a rabbit with a squirrel's tail that can climb rocks.
41: Located in Aguas Calientes, just outside of Machu Picchu, Indio Feliz came highly recommended and lived up to all expectations.
42: A few of the 5000 salt ponds of Maras, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
43: Experimental agricultural Inca terraces located in Moray.
44: White water rafting on the Urubamba river. | A pair of lucky bulls, found on top of almost every house in the Sacred Valley.
48: Now you see us...
49: ...and now you don't!
52: The ruins of Sacsayhuamán (pronounced "sexy woman"), located above the city of Cusco, Peru.
55: Our first view of the Amazon River. Okay, not really, but that picture didn't turn out as nice as this one.
57: How I manage to look both skinny (right) and fat (left) all within 5 minutes of each other is beyond me. Also, we are not crying bloody tears, that was traditional face makeup for married couples. And no, I did not hit the target with the blow gun. I would be a hungry native villager if it came down to eating or starving.
59: Mai was taking videos of the kids on her iPhone and then playing them back for them. They loved it!
60: A baby caiman. At night, when you shine a flashlight at them, their eyes glow an eerie red.
62: Ana put to work on the sugar cane press.
63: Frieder makes a toucan friend at the animal shelter.
65: Avoiding falling coconuts. | Termites only bite wood and, when crushed, act as a natural insect repellent.
67: Making sugar cane juice. | Catching and eating piranhas.
68: You were supposed to be able to feel the vibration of the trees and commune with nature this way. I don't think it really worked.
70: Mostly friendly animals from an animal sanctuary.
73: Stormy but nice, the view of our weekend getaway at the San Antonio's Regatas club, located outside of Lima.
74: Peru has over 3,800 different kinds of potatoes. This yellow one, served cold and mashed and with a variety of different toppings, is called Causa and was far and away Mai's favorite Peruvian food dish. | Mai and Leigh pick olives.
77: Para-gliding 300+ meters over the city of Lima. It was as scary and thrilling as it looks.
78: Fine dining at Cala with fine friends, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Leigh and Eduardo were trying, and succeeding, to stuff our faces.
80: In Nasca, we stayed in an old monastery that was converted to a hotel.
82: The Chauchilla necropolis, outside of Nazca, Peru. Those are their original hair dreadlocks.
84: Aqueducts, built 2000 years ago by the original Nazca inhabitants, are still in use today.
85: These white parasites, called cochinillas, are farmed on purpose and are the source of a red colored dye that is popular among the original Peruvian people. | Mai enjoys a peppercorn, straight from the source.
86: Close up of a Nasca line.
90: Outside of Nasca, in the middle of the dessert, are random piles of bones. Locals think it was the site of an ancient battle where bodies were just left to rot.
92: Our resort hotel in Paracas.
95: An artichoke farm.
96: Although called Crepes & Waffles, they also served over-the-top ice cream and gelato desserts. | Some of the best sushi ever!!
97: The Pisco Sour: 2 oz Pisco, 1 oz lime juice, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 1 egg white. Shake hard with ice and add a dash of bitters on top for decoration.
98: Second Home, a boutique B&B in Lima, is also home to Victor Delfin, a famous painter and sculptor that has works of art all over the city of Lima.
101: The artist Victor Delfin. His daughter runs the B&B and gives tours of her father's studio and introduces you to him if he is home.
102: Some scenes from dinner at Central, one of Leigh's favorite restaurants in downtown Miraflores.
106: From the left, Jesse, Mai, Ya-yo, Olguita, Fernando (crouching), Macarena, Eduardo (in back), Leigh, Pisco and Trixie.
107: Our sincerest thanks to all of our new friends and family in Lima, Peru, without whose help this trip would not have been as rich or nearly as adventurous!! We love you guys!!