Category - Solo South America

Collection of posts by Tim Maher on his epic Solo South America project.

Jeans

PotD: 56 – Jeans and Fashion at Colca...

I know that a shot of a pair of jeans may not be what you expect to see from a visit to the spectacular Colca canyon but sometimes you see something so unique that you just have to stop and stare. This pair of jeans was worn by a market trader...

Obvious to some

PotD: 55 – Obvious to some

You’d think that when you visit a place of natural beauty such as the spectacular Colca canyon in southern Peru that you would not need to paint a sign on the side of a rock telling visitors not to pee on said rock. Then again, what is...

Condor

PotD: 54 – Condor at Colca Canyon

The tour bus from Arequipa to Colca canyon left at 3am and somehow I ended up on it. I hadn’t been on a guided tour since the first week of my journey when it was the only way to make it onto the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. That...

After the Last Supper

PotD: 53 – After the Last Supper

I’d walked around the monastery of Santa Catalina for a while already when I came across this table in a room lit only by a shaft of daylight from above. Maybe it was the faint memories of my Religious Education lessons at school or maybe...

Smoke-stained Kitchen

PotD: 52 – Kitchen in Santa Catalina...

One of several smoke-stained kitchens in the the monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, one that can be described as the opposite of a modern kitchen, but certainly built to last. The light in this image dropped off very quickly from right to...

Santa Catalina

PotD: 51 – Streets of Santa Catalina

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to live in a cloistered community but walking round the streets and buildings that make up the monastery of Santa Catalina give you some idea of the lives led there. Originally built in the 16th...

Arequipa Cops

PotD: 50 – Arequipa Cops

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...

Cusco

Hanging out in Cusco

I arrived in Cusco before sunrise aboard the Bolivia Hop bus, having left La Paz almost 24hrs earlier. The journey had been broken up by spending half a day checking out Lake Titicaca so I wasn’t feeling too inhuman when my feet touched...

Adobe wall

PotD: 49 – An Adobe Wall in Cusco

It’s difficult to fully convey the texture and the detail visible in the hires version of this image of an adobe wall in a Cusco side street. The ‘roots’ have been made by the effect of rainwater trickling down the wall, with...

Cusco walls

PotD: 48 – A Meeting of Cusco Walls

An earlier PotD may have given the impression that I didn’t have much interest in the architectural wonders to be found in Cusco so I thought I’d add this image here of some Cusco walls to show that I was at least aware of some of...