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We flew to Peru from Guayaquil, Ecuador. We visited Lima (the capital), Cuzco (also Cusco, the ancient Inca capital),
and the fabled lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Lima, originally called the "City of Kings" was, until the
 19th Century, the chief city in all of South America.

Locator Map for Peru

Our primary target was Machu Picchu, so that is where we spent the most time and took the most pictures.
That said, we found Lima to be a charming, friendly, and warm city. We took a total of 570 digital pictures in Peru.

Click on any picture to enlarge it.

Map Overview of the Peru Trip

After leaving the Galapagos Islands, we flew to Lima, Peru, for our onward trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Appropriately enough, we began our Lima tour with a visit to "Lover's Park".
The stylized statue is of a kissing couple.
 
tourist attraction

Lover's Park, Lima Peru   Closeup of Lover's Park, Lima Peru

Lover's Park Plaque, Lima Peru

Lover's Park Inscriptions   Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria  at Lover's Park, Lima, Peru

While the park was being built, the names of notables and politicians were recorded in mosaics. Sadly, the stones have outlasted many of the relationships.
We are hopeful that ours will last.
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah "Jerrold Patz" Lima Lover's Park 

This picture deserved its own spot in our travelogue: it is an eerily stylized ossuary deep in the bowels of the San Francisco Monastery in Lima. It is quite chilling to see human body parts arranged as "art".
  human skulls and bones  bone art

Skull and Bone Ossuary Under San Francisco Monastery, Lima, Peru

Doorway to Casa Aliaga

Here is our local guide bringing us into Casa Aliaga (the Aliaga house), the oldest preserved colonial mansion in all of the Americas. The Aliaga family has resided there continuously since 1535. Additional pictures of the mansion are below.

This picture also deserves special handling. It is Lima's Central Train Station ("Ferrocarril Central). The irony is that aside from the narrow gauge rail to Machu Picchu, there is not a single inch of railroad in Peru. This building is currently an art gallery.

Lima Central Train Station

Crossing the Andes Mountains, Lima to Cuzco   Crossing the Andes Mountains, Lima to Cuzco Crossing the Andes Mountains, the longest mountain chain on
planet earth, photos taken from our flight from Lima to Cuzco.
A brief 50-minutes by air, this trip would take 18 hours by road.
 aerial photo Andes Andes overview 

Assorted tickets for entry to venues: This certificate also served as the admission ticket to about a dozen historic and archeological Inca sites in the Cuzco area, the Cuzco Cathedral, Qorikancha  [or Korikancha] (the "Site of Gold", the most important temple dedicated to the sun. Its walls were originally plated with sheets of gold).  Cuzco was the Inca Capital of Peru and, at more than 3,000 years old,  is arguably the oldest existing city in the Americas. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 entry admission tickets peru ticket 

Certificate and Admission Ticket to Inca Sites   Admission Ticket to Cuzco Cathedral

Qorikancha Admission Ticket

 

Here is a montage of additional pictures.

Mouse over any picture for a description. Click on any picture to expand it into a larger view.

 

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 Lima Peru Cuzco Jerrold Patz Naimah Zakaria "Casa Aliaga"  tourist attraction  Aliaga Sacsayhuam Urubamba Sacred Valley Inca gold "Jerrold Patz"  "guinea pigs" "machu picchu"  "oldest city"  aliaga sacsayhuam cuzco cusco inca tombs lima plaza mayor  Andes Mountains, "world's longest mountain chain"