Arequipa Cops
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 6 January, 2016
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

I took the bus from Cusco to Arequipa and spent just a couple of days here. The town is definitely on the traveller’s trail, which helps to explain the presence of several police similar to these two Arequipa cops. I think they are a separate arm of the local police force that is there to make people from out of town feel safe and may even have been officially titled ‘tourist police’. Very different from the police that used to hang out on my street corner when I was a kid growing up in Lima. They carried sub-machine guns then and would occasionally be approachable enough to answer our awestruck questions on the guns they carried. I was too young to know or care about the social upheavals that engulfed much of the country at that time. When we left Peru in the mid-80’s, we didn’t know that the situation would get even worse, so bad that the battleground would reach the streets of Lima itself. I’m sure I’ll touch on this subject more when I reach the Lima part of this journey. For now, I’m in Arequipa, in safe hands.


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