Tag - Peru

Memories and Reflections of Lima

Lima

Arriving at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima after my timeout in Máncora brought back memories of all those times I and my siblings had flown in and out of here as children; the sadness of the parental goodbyes quickly evaporated if you were lucky to find other friends travelling at the same time as you; then returning for the holidays, mum’s...

PotD: 62 – A classic Pisco sour cocktail

Pisco sour

I’ve been away from updating the site for a bit longer than I intended but am back and will look to get the rest of the images from South America up here pronto. I think that a good place to restart would be with a shot of a pisco sour cocktail just arrived at my table in the bar of the Hotel Maury in central Lima; it’s one of my...

PotD: 61 – Birds in an Urban Jungle

Birds

I thought this street art of birds in a jungle setting would go well with the previous ‘Photo of the Day’ involving the rhino. What I particularly like about the two of them is that they are made to fit so well into the environment where they are created. The rhino has the real trees in the foreground similar to the trees in its...

PotD: 60 – Rhino on the Streets of Barranco

Rhino

This piece of street art of a rhino was also just across the road from the hostel I was staying at in Lima’s Barranco district. I’d taken so many photos of street art on my journey that I tried hard not to add this specimen to my collection. But as I walked passed it every day I kept on thinking that with all those crazy colours it was...

PotD: 59 – Cactus and Wall

Cactus

I found this wall just across the road from where I was staying in Barranco, at a point where two streets running almost parallel to each other finally came together. The green from the row of cactus and the tiny strip of grass stood out strongly against the warm wall; the red flowers from the few bougainvillea branches that had escaped from the...

PotD: 58 – Peruvian Flag adds Colour

Peruvian flag

After having spent a happy childhood growing up in Lima, I returned here for the first time in over 30 years to see whether much had changed and if any memories still remained. I also decided that it was time for me to check out somewhere other than Miraflores to stay. I’d heard great things about the nearby Barranco district and chose the...

PotD: 57 – Miraflores en tu corazón

This image of the Costa Verde below the Malecón in the wealthy district of Miraflores evokes a lot of childhood memories. Before heading off to school in England, I’d lived a carefree life in this part of Lima. Memories of sliding fast down the cliff face so as to stay ahead of the dislodged rocks coming up behind us; trying to hit crabs...

Mancora Beach and Existentialism

Mancora

After having been on the road for over a month and with my birthday looming, I decided to check out and head off to a beach for some well-deserved R & R. I’d heard good things about Máncora up in the far north of Peru and booked myself a flight from Arequipa to Piura. It’s all well and good roughing it on overnight buses for a...

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon Rush

Arequipa

After a great five days in Cusco, I headed a little further south to Arequipa, the capital of Peru for a brief period in the mid 19th century, and still regarded by many of its inhabitants as the country’s cultural centre. Being the birthplace of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, helps to re-inforce their...

PotD: 56 – Jeans and Fashion at Colca Canyon

Jeans

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 who very much had his own look. The detail of the needlework that has gone into depicting the tableau...