May - June 2015
  • Day23

    Panama City

    June 7, 2015 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    During my layover in Panama City, I went out to explore the Casco Viejo. It was quite pretty, humid, and surprisingly expensive. I ate ceviche (surprise!), which was tasty though less delicious than Peruvian ceviche. Overall, a very nice break in my travels!Read more

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  • Day22

    Circuito Mágico del Agua

    June 6, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    On my last night in Lima, we went to see the famous water show. It was more impressive than I imagined, sort of an amusement park of fountains.

  • Day20

    Parque del Amor

    June 4, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    At the edge of the swanky neighborhood of Miraflores is a Gaudi-esqe seaside park, the Park of Love.

    Before I arrived, I expected to hate Lima (based on the impressions given by several friends), but instead I was immediately drawn to the ocean, the liveliness, even the comforting humidity. Maybe I simply felt at home in the fog...(thanks, San Francisco!)Read more

  • Day19

    Condors & Colca Canyon

    June 3, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Colca Canyon is the second deepest in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and was breathtaking. Even more impressive are the condors that cruise through the canyon on a nice morning. Condors have a wingspan of nearly 15 feet, a lifespan of 70 years, and are monogamous, so much that they are known to commit suicide if their partner dies.Read more

  • Day18


    June 2, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Along the road to Colca Canyon is the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, home to herds of vicuñas. Vicuñas are small, non-domesticated animals of the camelid family (same as alpacas, llamas, and guanacos).

    Also on this drive we ascended to 16,000 feet above sea level, and met some alpacas!
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  • Day17

    Juanita & Monasterio de Santa Catalina

    June 1, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Juanita was a young girl who was sacrificed to the gods ~550 years ago on the top of a volcano near Arequipa by the Incas. She was discovered in 1995, remarkably well-preserved because her body had been frozen since her death.

    Today in Arequipa, her frozen body is on display in a university museum. It was really remarkable to see her, almost as if she was transported through time. Also, the artfacts found in and around the burial sites are incredibly well-preserved. It's interesting, however, that nowhere in the museum is a discussion of the morals of this aspect of Incan culture...

    Also in Arequipa is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina, a very beautiful and huge complex where nuns have lived since the 1500s. Even now there are about 20 nuns who live there in silence. The monastery is full of gorgeous color contrasts, yet the solitude and isolation of the cells is palpable.
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  • Day16

    Bienvenido a Arequipa

    May 31, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    As my overnight bus pulled into Arequipa, I noticed that the city was sunny, sandy, and a little chaotic (the drivers, anyway). At first the change from Cusco (climate, and many fewer tourists) was overwhelming, but then I noticed the volcanoes towering over the city. Misti, Chachani, Pichupichu. These tall, snowcapped peaks are beautiful and a little ominous, since Misti is an active volcano.

    Arequipa's buildings are primarily built out of sillar, a volcanic rock mined nearby. This gives the city a really unique, beautiful look and earns it the nickname "ciudad blanca".
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