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Picturesque Peru: Photo Essay

With its grand vista and stunning characters, Peru is a dream destination for photographers. Not just that; the Andes brings hikers from all around the world, high-quality alpaca products lure fashion enthusiasts, and still mysterious Inca heritage fascinates archeologists. Peru has many faces.

I spent four weeks in Peru in June, traveling from Lima to Cusco, and visiting Machu Picchu twice. Besides Machu Picchu, I didn’t know much about Peru and I intentionally left it that way. I wanted to find the serendipity factors. As wanted, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Scenery

Starting from a small village near Cusco, I walked 4 days to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass. The vista was truly exquisite. It was the highest I’ve ever been, and Salkantay Mountain was the tallest mountain I’ve ever seen up close (besides when the train went by Denali in Alaska). The experience was challenging but it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Peru is surprisingly diverse. From coastal town to desert to the highlands in the Andes, there’s no shortage of scenery here.

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The People and Culture

Andean people especially wear the traditional clothes daily, and culture is pretty well preserved. Some parts of Peru have developed a great tourism market using their unique culture, like Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca. It’s not always easy to photography people, but with a bit of time investment, you can get descent chances. The outfit is just fascinating!

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The Incas

Inca ruins are what make Peru special. Machu Picchu is the center of the archeological discovery in Peru, but there are numerous sites around the country that show Inca’s culture and genius civil engineering skills. It’s amazing how we don’t know more about the Incas when we know a lot more about what happened in Egypt 4,000 years ago.

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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. priya says:

    Really awesome Photography what an Amazing Pics

  2. Stephen says:

    I’ve really been enjoying all these photos you and Stephen have posted from Peru – it seems so incredibly photogenic. (And on that note, my god, look at the light you had on Machu Picchu!)

  3. Andrew says:

    thanks for the inspiration Juno, I will hopefully get there next year. Your photos are stunning.

  4. rekha rajan says:

    wow…what awesome story telling with just pics. If the pics are any indication, you sure had a great time. To be honest, there was a tinge of jealousy while i was looking at the pics. 😉

  5. Wow, your photos are absolutely stunning, Juno!

  6. Alice says:

    I really want to go to Peru someday, love your picture so much, thank you for your share 🙂

  7. Sarah says:

    Amazing photos – really brought memories back!

  8. galextur says:

    Hey those are realy great fotos you have taken. You have to go to Galapagos some time, its an awesome place to take amazing pictures ! I hope you keep posting such great fotos !

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