Peru – Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and in Andean belief it is known as the birthplace of the sun. We spent a couple of days here and enjoyed every minute.

Lake Titicaca

The view from our joint at Lake Titicaca.

Titicaca bedspread

Our rather fetching bed spread

We took a day trip to see the Uru people who live on a series of forty two floating islands on Lake Titicaca. To me this is what traveling is all about, experiencing ways of life that are totally different to the way we live. We had a great day with the Uru people, I also got a few decent photo’s as well.

There was a film crew there at the same time so I wonder whether we are on a documentary somewhere.

Uru village

The Uru people selling their wares. There were some amazing arts and crafts for sale.

Uro boat

Uru ceremonial boat.

Here’s a screen shot of some of the photographs I took while I was in Lake Titicaca:

Lake Titicaca

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Peru, Iquitos – Exploring the Amazon

Iquitos is linked to the outside world by air and by river only. It’s the worlds largest city that can’t be accessed by road.

We flew in to Iquitos from Lima.

We went there so we could access the mighty Amazon river.

There’s plenty going on in the city and there are loads of decent restaurants but because of it’s location everything has to be imported so costs tend to be a bit higher.

The ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’ restaurant is worth a visit, it has a very eclectic interior and the food is very good.

Yellow Rose

It’s also worth visiting the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm which is also the home of the Amazon Animal Orphanage. It’s located in Padre Cocha which is on the Nanay river so you will need to take a boat to access it.

Make sure your boat driver takes you to the right butterfly farm!

Here’s a message that currently appears on the original Pilpintuwasi butterfly farms web site:

For Our Visitors: Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has recently set up a new butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the real Pilpintuwasi. The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house. 

Iquitos shack

View of the river at Padre Cocha.

Iquitos

Having a wander around Padre Cocha.

Snake skin

Drying out snake skins in the sun.

JV Snake

Me and a very large Anaconda. I couldn’t stand upright because it was so heavy.

Pepe bird

Pepe the very colourful and friendly bird.

Manatee

A very cute Manatee at the Amazon Rescue Centre. I didn’t realise how soft to the touch these animals are.

Smiling fish

Hello. Please feed me.

Arrow man

I bet the first thing you looked at was his hair??

My mate

My little mate.

Inca Cola

I drank gallons of this stuff.

Here’s a screen shot of some of the photographs I took while I was in Peru / Amazon:

Peru Amazon Screenshot

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Machu Picchu – Shooting one of the new wonders of the world

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Machu Picchu was created by the Incan Empire and stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting.

Needless to say that Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing places I have ever photographed. Photo’s don’t do it justice regardless of how good they are. You need to see it for yourself.

Top Tips:

Go to Machu Picchu out of season in February. The weather is nice and there is hardly anyone there. If this had been high season there would have been thousands of people everywhere.

Get there early as you will need a full day. Take plenty of water and a packed lunch if you can.

Here’s a screen grab of some of the photographs I took in Machu Picchu:

Machu Pichu

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