10 Pictures of Peru: from Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu

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Nov 17, 2011
Posted in: Photos, Top Ten

This week, the motherboard on my computer broke.

I’m not even sure what that statement means. Not since I cracked my ulna the summer after second grade have I broken something, suffered a large amount of inconvenience as a result, and still barely understood what was broken in the first place. The good news is that the motherboard is now fixed, and waiting for me at Rand’s office.

And no, I still don’t know what a motherboard does.

Since my computer has been out of commission all week, I haven’t been able to post about any of my most recent trips – to London, New York, or Barcelona (I’d yet to upload the photos to Flickr when my computer died. I reacted to this like any reasonable adult would. I cried and then ate a bunch of Oreos). This initially stressed me out – Have I been rambling on about Peru for too many weeks now? Are my readers getting incredibly bored of hearing me talk about eating guinea pigs and not flushing my t.p.?

Hopefully not, because there is still so much I have yet to tell you about our journey to South America. And so many photos to share – ones that, thankfully, made it up to Flickr in one piece. Here are ten of my favorites from the trip.

  1. Creepy little skull sculpture, the Larco Museum, Lima.

    Doesn't he TOTALLY look like the guy who was guarding the Holy Grail in the third Indiana Jones movie?

  2. Central square in Cusco, at night.

    The next night, there was a gambling event held here to raise money for the schools, hosted by a drag queen.

  3. Tiered farming terraces in the ancient town of Moray, Peru.

    The Incans found that different crops grew better at different elevations, so they created this approach to farming.

  4. Women mixing pigments for paints at the market in Pisac.

    And yes, I tipped her for the privilege of taking her photo, and I asked her first. Put down your pitchforks.

  5. Statue at the top of a fountain in downtown Cusco.

    It sits in the middle of the Plaza de Armas - The Warriors' Square.

  6. Morning over the Sacred Valley (el Valle Sagrado) – the heartland of the Incan empire, we crossed it by train in order to reach Machu Picchu.

    Believe me when I say my photos don't come close to doing this place justice.

  7. Llamas! The ones that live at Machu Picchu are tagged and protected by law.

    I guess you could say they're llucky. (OH YES I DID.)

  8. What’s this? Oh, no big deal. JUST MACHU EFFING PICCHU. YEAH.

    Yes, I injected the world "effing" in there.

  9. Iglesia La Compania de Jesus (the Jesuit Church) in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco.

    Fun fact: "Iglesia" means church. So Julio Iglesia's name in English would be "Jules Churches" which is not nearly as sexy.

  10. Obligatory lovey-dovey photo, on the train back from Machu Picchu.

    Shockingly, one of the few photos of the two of us where we AREN'T sucking face.I know. I'm sad, too.

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