Peru

August 2002

Apart from being mosquito food, I've dodged car bombs and mortar attacks in Colombia (President’s inauguration and all that!), been told to back‑off by armed security forces (hey, that was only a camera I was holding!), been to Machu Picchu, overland to Lake Titicaca, travelled onto the Andes backbone (over 4,335 breathless metres above sea level...coca leaves helped though!), cruised and fished on the Amazon River (caught piranha using bits of chicken as bait...excellent!), trekked through the Amazon jungle (it was wet here even though it's the dry season...blame El Nino...I guess it's called a “rain‑forest” for a reason!), went without electricity for a few days (not easy for a gadget freak...withdrawal symptoms!), no hot water (just the stuff from the river!), spent hours llama‑watching in the Andes (I swear those llamas were posing for my camera!), been frozen in the mountains, been fried in the jungle, eaten guinea‑pig (yikes!), been attacked by termites, dodged deadly ants, been eaten more by mosquitoes (I need surgery after this!), seen the magnificent Iguazu (Iguassu) Falls, got mugged by four dudes in Rio de Janeiro (painful...cuts and bruises...I definitely need surgery!), travelled across the continent from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic via bus, train, boat and plane through Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil, plus loads more. A fantastic trip!
Decorations  Decorations outside a church in Cusco, Peru. August 2002. 12-sided stone  The famous Inca 12-sided stone in Cusco, Peru. August 2002. La Compania church  La Compania church in Cusco, Peru. August 2002. The Andes  The Andes somewhere between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002.
Machu Picchu  View from near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Plants, rain & sun  Plants, rain & sun at Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Kulvinder Matharu at Machu Picchu  Kulvinder Matharu at Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Train  Train in Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002.
Train "platform"  Train in Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Llama near Machu Picchu  Llama near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Llamas near Machu Picchu  Llamas near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002.
Llamas near Machu Picchu  Llamas near Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Red plant on Machu Picchu  Plant on Machu Picchu, Peru. August 2002. Condor Monument  Condor monument in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Crosses in Andahuaylillas  Crosses at 17th century church in Andahuaylillas, Peru. August 2002.
Vegetable seller  In the small town of Andahuaylillas, Peru. August 2002. Andes mountains  Andes mountains somewhere between Cusco and Puno, Peru. August 2002. Reed boat  Reed boat on the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca near Puno, Peru. August 2002.  The Uros Islands are man-made with layers of tortora reeds. They were first made when the Uros people retreated from the Incas. Child in the Amazon  In the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002.
Red flower  Red flower in the Amazon rainforest near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002. Sleeping quarters  Sleeping quarters - in the Amazon rainforest near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002. Spider in the Amazon  A spider in the Amazon rainforest...too many around! Peru. August 2002. Parrot in the Amazon  Parrot in an Amazon rainforest lodge near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002.
Amazon River  Part of the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002. Childred in Amazon village  Childred in Amazon village near Iquitos, Peru. August 2002. Tree trunk in the Amazon rainforest  Triangular-trunked tree in the Amazon rainforest, Peru. August 2002.