Peru


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Seashore apartments in Lima's Miraflores district provide a prosperous setting for the people's sport--football
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The presidential palace in Lima's Plaza Mayor
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A Spanish-style wooden balcony adorns a building in Lima's Plaza Mayor
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Refreshment in reflection--Lima's Cordano bar
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Superb colonial architecture (1730) graces the Torre Tagle Palace in Lima, today housing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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National museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán in Lambayeque: a dazzling restoration of Moche tombs, treasure and artifacts that looters missed
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A glimpse of Chan Chán, the Chimú capital (A.D.1100-1450) near Trujillo; it is the world's largest adobe city
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Huaca de la Luna: fearsome Moche art (A.D.50-800) revealed at the pyramid of the moon near Trujillo
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Patterns said to symbolise rain and fertility on the restored walls of the Huaco Arco Iris, a pyramid and temple in Trujillo
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Huanchaco, a fishing village where families enjoy the beach at holiday time
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Stacked to dry, fishermen's reed boats (caballitos de totora) are a feature at Huanchaco
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On the Madre de Dios river, an Amazon tributary, a riverboat waits at Puerto Maldonado, regional capital and headquarters for NGO groups working on rainforest conservation.
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Huatzins are among a rich birdlife at Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve
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Machu Picchu, the Inca city Spanish conquistadores never saw; fame came after 1911 and its discovery by American explorer Hiram Bingham
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Inca stone houses within the Machu Picchu citadel
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In the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu, a massive 32-sided stone is one example of astounding Inca masonry skills
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A magical setting--a cloud forest drapes the mountainous barrier that protected and concealed Machu Picchu for centuries
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The 'Temple of the Sun' is among Inca structures at Machu Picchu with strong religious significance; far below is the turbulent Urubamba, or Vilcanota, river
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Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo include huge monoliths of pink rhyolite marked with the holy 'chacara' step motif. How the Inca moved mighty stones, and built with them, remains the subject of speculation
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The Urubamba, or Sacred Valley, a bountiful plain near Cusco and heartland of superb Inca ruins and present-day markets
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The Sunday market at Chinchero in the Sacred Valley resounds with colour and life
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Food, fuel, babies--shawl-wrapped bundles can, and do, contain everything a strong woman can carry
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Highest quality traditional weaving is the aim of a women's textiles group in Chinchero--women, moreover, who always wear their own traditional Quechua costume
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Sacsayhuaman, possibly a fortress, an imposing Inca ruin of awesomely fitted stones, the largest more than 8 metres high and weighing more than 350 tons
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A Quechua woman poses near Cusco with a tasselled alpaca, llamas and sheep
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Spanish colonial churches--this one Jesuit--adorn the central plaza of Cusco, fabled capital of the Incas
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Popular dishes in Peru's cuisine: cuy chactado (guinea pig) and chicharron (pork with crackling). The guinea pig is frequently seen in Cusco school paintings of 'The Last Supper'
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On the outskirts of Cusco a Quechua mother, her baby, her llama, her llama's baby
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High plateau landscape--this view north of Puno--is called 'altiplano'
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Elegant reedboats are still to be found on Lake Titicaca--the puma stemhead a symbol of ancient mythology; for practical purposes most fishermen use wooden craft
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Intriguing sight on Lake Titicaca--the M.S.Yavari, a 19th-century British-built gunboat, a museum-ship with an enthralling history
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Floating islands on Lake Titicaca are inhabited by small numbers of Aymara and Quechua people: an old lady looks out of her reed home
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On a Lake Titicaca floating island, Uros, a red skirt brightens a wet morning
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The inhabitants of Taquile island in Lake Titicaca keep to their indigenous ways and costume--and seemingly knit and weave non-stop. These distinctively dressed young men are in charge of their community shop
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Unusually, where most country women in Peru wear hats, the women of Taquile island on Lake Titicaca--two busily spinning here--wear mantas (shawls) over their heads
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Valentin Quispe and his wife Lucila offer bed and board at their home at Llachón on the shores of Lake Titicaca
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A couple and their married daughter outside the family home near Sillustani
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Condors fly in the dramatic Colca canyon near Arequipa, 200 km long and more than a thousand meters deep
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Hikers beside the Colca canyon, the river more than a thousand meters below invisible from their viewpoint
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The Cruz del Condor, where condors soar through the thousand-meters-deep gorge of the Colca canyon near Arequipa, attracts visitors and local traders
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The Colca river valley, near Arequipa, is yet another aspect of Peru's geographic variety with its canyon, green terraces (andenes), and small friendly towns
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In the Colca valley two different peoples wear the clothes and hats that define their ethnicity. This mother and daughter are Cabanas. The other ethnic group is Collagua
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Cabanaconde is one of the towns the Spanish created in the Colca valley to concentrate dispersed Indian populations. Now it has its own commerce and personality--including a traditionally dressed mother and her modern-minded daughter
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Each Colca valley town has its own whitewashed Spanish colonial church, one more beautiful than the next. This one is in Cabanaconde
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Cheeses and honey are among locally produced foods sold in the covered market at Chivay, a Colca valley town
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A small boy adds his own pile of stones to a sacred place of memorials
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For the pale stone of its main buildings, prosperous and lively Arequipa is known as the white city. The cathedral dominates the flower-filled Plaza de Armas
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