Peruvian Girl with Alpaca
Peruvian Girl with Alpaca – en route from Chivay to Puno

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 excursions I would be doing in and around the main attractions.

Most of the photographs below were taken during these journeys, except for the Colca Canyon photos, which were taken in a very tranquil atmosphere on the 1st of January – but the hike itself was demanding and a good opening activity to my time in Peru.  The last photograph in this selection was taken in Arequipa. It’s always difficult to decide which shots to include, but these were the personal highlights for me.

Thank you for following my Peruvian posts over the weeks – this is the last one in the batch.

– Jean-Jacques

Between Chivay and Puno (1)
Between Chivay and Puno (1)
Between Chivay and Puno (2)
Between Chivay and Puno (2)
Cabonaconde Valley
Cabonaconde Valley
Cabonaconde entrance to Colca Canyon
Cabonaconde – entrance to path leading to Colca Canyon
 Colca Canyon View (1)
Deep down in Colca Canyon there lies an Oasis…
Colca Canyon Oasis - Peru
Colca Canyon Oasis coming into view
Colca Canyon View (2)
The route out of Colca Canyon – from the oasis up the opposite side
Colca Canyon Church
Colca Canyon Church
Valley View from Antahuillque
Valley View from Antahuillque lookout point
Pukara Church (1)
Pukara Church Front
 Pukara Church (2)
Pukara Church – side view from the museum
 Signal, House and Valley
Signal & House at Marangani
Between Puno and Cusco
Window view of alpacas, sheep and llamas along the way
 Between Puno and Cusco
Earthy colours and a few flamingoes at a distance
Stone Bridge and Hang Bridge - Checacupe
Stone bridge & hang bridge at Checacupe
Church at Raqchi Ruin
Church at Raqchi
 Raqchi Ruins (1) - Peru
Raqchi Ruins
Raqchi Ruins (2) and Altars
Raqchi Ruins and Altars
Traditional Peruvian Women
Peruvian women in traditional dress – Arequipa

Visiting Peru
Photography by Jean-Jacques M
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  1. Debra

    Awesome photos. I love to see the photos of the people in traditional dress. I’m amazed at the dome work done on the church at the oasis(?) and love the stone architecture at Stone bridge & hang bridge – Checacupe. It makes me wish I could see it as it once was with people bustling there. I’m also amazed at the climb out of there??? Is that right – that zig-zag trail up the mountain? All beautiful. Thank you! in lak’ech

    • Jean-Jacques

      Thanks for commenting, Debra. That little church is actually in Coshinirwa, one of the small villages along the trail on the other side of Colca Canyon. It looked truly ancient and I also thought it interesting for not having any windows.

      The great think about Peru is that life in much (if not most) of the countryside is still very traditionally lived – so, when there are no tourists around, it is still traditional people, in traditional dress living their lives mostly traditionally.

      The zig-zag trail was the route I had to take out of the canyon after arriving at the oasis – it was very steep – had to be done 20 steps at a time in parts. It was a very hot that day, probably 30+ Celsius, but in the canyon it felt like more like 40+ as I was going up during midday… so it was a bit of a challenge 🙂

      Traditional Peruvian people tend to shy away from photographs and one should ask before taking, but some, like the ones in the photographs often pose for tourists, so it’s easier and less intrusive to take their pictures.

      (I was surprised to find that the majority of countryside people wear traditional dress in Peru and on the islands virtually all of them do – amazing and very encouraging that they have been able to hold on to their traditions all this time.)

  2. Josh Gross | The Jaguar

    Remarkable. I’ve always been fascinated by Colca Canyon since I first learned about it in the documentary “Walking the Amazon.” Isn’t it one of the deepest canyons in the world?

    • Jean-Jacques

      Hello Josh, yes it is. It is meant to be deeper than the Grand Canyon – Colca Canyon is awe inspiring and not to be underestimated. Even in real life it is easy to misjudge the depth and the steepness. It took me a total of 10 hours to descend and ascend.

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