The Road To Caral – A Visit to Peru’s Ancient Lost City

Two hundred kilometres north of Lima lies the recently discovered remnants of one of the most ancient centres of a civilisation yet to be unearthed in modern times. The Caral civilisation is the oldest know of civilisation in the Americas and one of the oldest in the world. It was a Pre-Caramic civilisation and it is believed that the Quecha language originated there. Caral covers approximately 60 hectares (with most of it still unexcavated) and is estimated to have had […]

Barranco Murals and Street Art – Lima

Barranco Murals – Lima, Peru. Taken on February 26, 2019. — All photos were taken while on a walking tour in Barranco, the bohemian neighbourhood of Lima. The tour was lead by local expert Gabriel Braun who also offers gourmet food tours of some of the best restaurants in Barranco (at a reasonable price) – for more information, please visit: Peruvian Adventure Tours — By J.J. Montagnier © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café. Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Buenos Aires Murals and Street Art

[click to enlarge] Buenos Aires is a paradise for street art enthusiasts and artists alike. One of the reasons is that unlike most large world cities it has an open and relatively unrestricted approach to urban art. This means that abandoned and derelict as well as occupied buildings can be used as art spaces as long as owners give their permission. On a recent long weekend visit to Buenos Aires I decided to join a guided street art tour instead […]

Santiago Murals

  Santiago Murals. January 2018. Photography by JJ Montagnier.   © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café. — Also see: SANTIAGO STREET ART Jean-JacquesExplorer, Philosopher, Photographer http://gypsycafe.org/

Los Lagos y Los Volcanes

Visiting The Chilean Lake District – January 2018 Photography by JJ Montagnier [click to view slides] These photographs were taken in the Los Lagos region of Chile, bordering North Patagonia: The lakeside towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas are ideal places to take excursions from and there are regular local buses that go to the lakes, volcanoes, nature reserves and lakeside beaches. This gallery features the volcanoes and lakes that I captured in the area during my ten days […]

The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago

A visit to San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago  “The Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Cristóbal Hill is one of the principal places of worship for the Catholic Church of Chile, as well as being an icon of Santiago, Chile. It is notable in particular for a large statue of the Immaculate Conception, which is located at the summit of San Cristóbal Hill, some 863 meters above sea level.” – Wikipedia Photographs by JJ Montagnier, December 2017 Copyright © 2017 […]

The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows

 *For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree ** Introduction The Fifth Element Five years have passed since December 2012; we are five years into the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element has entered the scene. We are in a new age of transparency and below-the-surface shadows are bound to be illuminated while submerged debris is likely to float to the top. Whatever is hidden may be exposed and the […]

Choose Conscience

When faced with difficult choices, especially amongst bad options, conscience can always show the way. Needless to say, what the planet needs right now, more than ever, is a return to conscience. Conscience lends itself to a variety of peaceful solutions. Moral relativity does not fit well into the realm of a well developed and active conscience. Conscience intuitively knows the difference between right and wrong. What is appropriate or correct within a given context or what is not. What […]

Building the New World Within (10) – What is Enlightenment?

Introduction In this series we are exploring reasons for humanity going in repetitive negative loops and we are looking at ways in which we can spiral upwards out of our unhealthy and destructive patterns, onwards into a more balanced future. Theatre Theatre has many objectives. It can entertain or educate or both. It can mesmerise or bring consciousness. It can motivate and inspire. It can provoke or shock. Theatre holds a mirror up to reality and can evoke inner change. […]

Stage Shifting (The Shift of the Stages)

All the world’s a stage – Shakespeare. We are all actors in the theatre of life and we play our parts, consciously or unconsciously. At this time, in space and time, we happen to find ourselves in a shifting paradigm. At the end of the day, each scriptwriter will have some say, about the final stage of his or her own personal play. In the old (still present) age it has felt like the stage had been set. Most of […]

Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins

Peru planning: I patched together an itinerary by working out a route which would connect the main places I was going to visit (Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco & Inca Trail) with coach journeys in-between, which would include stopping at various points of interest along the way.  That meant that every 3 or 4 days I would be relaxing on luxury coaches, allowing for recovery time and alternative viewing opportunities from the intensive sightseeing trips and […]

Inca Trail Views (2/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 2 Things we learned on the Inca Trail: It is not a competition. It is not about fitness, but endurance. It is not so much about endurance of the body, but of the mind. The speed of your progress depends on how much luggage you are carrying, physically and mentally. At the end of the trail you are bound to have lost some baggage along the way. You will meet many different […]

Inca Trail Views (1/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 1 (January 7 – 10, 2016) The Inca Trail is not what you think it is. Or rather, it was not what I thought it would be. I had no expectations. In fact I was slightly apprehensive about doing it, even up to two days before the start. The reason being that I was concerned that it would be too crowded or commercialised. In recent years the Classic Inca Trail has become […]

Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture

Inca Design, Architecture and Technology Machu Picchu & Ollantaytambo Peru, South America While in Peru in January I found myself at two sites where examples of Inca architecture and design could be observed in its finest form. Here below follows a visual tour. [click to view slides] Immediately noticeable was the combination of strength, functionality, durability and visual appeal. Aesthetics always played a role for the Inca, although it took much, much longer than today to construct buildings, walls and […]

Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Uros islands are floating reed islands found on Lake Titicaca, the largest fresh water lake in South America, situated between Peru and Bolivia. At 3800 metres above sea level Lake Titicaca is considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world. In the local Quechua language “titicaca” means “Mount Puma” or “grey puma”. The floating Uros islands were originally created in pre-Colombian times when the small Uros tribe needed to find a solution […]