Perú

time travelling Lima

evening street food highlight sweet potato donuts....

evening street food highlight sweet potato donuts....

taking time with Lima - especially as it's going to be the nearest place I can call to home, for a while.

to be more specific, it feels like there's a multi faceted time portal here, accompanied by some kick arse urban planning [well at least in my bubble of the Pacific sided districts and downtown].

Huaca Pucllana: contemporary Lima all but swallows up the clay & adobe stepped pyramid, unbelievably even more in middle of town than Giza pyramid 

Huaca Pucllana: contemporary Lima all but swallows up the clay & adobe stepped pyramid, unbelievably even more in middle of town than Giza pyramid 

parks, playgrounds, bike paths, plazas

the eras that have left indelible marks in Lima and with me

18th & 19th century churches and palaces, especially the sunset azure of iglesia la recoleta

18th & 19th century churches and palaces, especially the sunset azure of iglesia la recoleta

1920's bars and 1930's apartments  

1920's bars and 1930's apartments  

1960's cafes: cafe, chilcanos & limonada  

1960's cafes: cafe, chilcanos & limonada  

back at sea level and well and truly back on my caffeine habit [surprised how easy my self imposed cold turkey of six weeks went, no shakes, no headaches, no convulsions].  Gotta love a bow tied waiter, no?

 

1980-2000 - civil war, incredibly impressed with the commitment to remember through photo and video documentation 

1980-2000 - civil war, incredibly impressed with the commitment to remember through photo and video documentation 

 

and those Pacific sunsets

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jungle to altiplano

The Peruvian jungle was filled with deliciousness, mostly in the form of new to me fruits.

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My favourites all the colours of the Karambola (star fruits).  As always there's one huge exception, Noni looks and tastes like blue cheese.If it had been served to me on a cheese plate I would have loved it, but the incongruity of picking and peeling it, meant to my mind it was supposed to be sweet.

Cacao - Madre De Dios

Cacao - Madre De Dios

Gorgeous birds, flowers and plants.  Ghastly insects, spiders and a gazillion butterflies. And a kick arse lightening storm.  So worth being there in the wet season.

 

Bit too picturesque for piranha fishing  

Bit too picturesque for piranha fishing  

Back up to 3800m and the blueness of Lake Titicaca.  Pretty special, and all the more so for spending time on it in both Peru and Bolivia (lassiez-faire if very slow overland border crossing : can't possibly see why they might have contraband issues).

Perú side of Lake Titicaca

Perú side of Lake Titicaca

  • Floating reed islands - yep
  • Slowest motor powered commissioned boats in the world - yep
  • Bolivia hiked smelling like home, eucalyptus everywhere- yep
  • More blue than imaginable - yep
  • Sunsets not hyped - yep
Uros Islands - floating made from reeds, 3m deep last 35 years

Uros Islands - floating made from reeds, 3m deep last 35 years

Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca

Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca

And back in the land of good graffiti.

Copacabana  

Copacabana