On the Road in Peru, Between Ruins

The distances in Peru are long and we’ve seen things of interest along the way. This is a smattering of things we’ve seen along the way in the countryside, in towns and cities largely between treks to significant Incan Ruins. We thought they deserved a post of their own.

Driving through the Santuario Vicunas in the Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras we saw these Vicunas, wild Llamas. They are rounded up annually and shorn to utilize the wool then returned to the wild for another year.
Rural herders build huge stone corrals to pen their animals.
Llamas of all shapes, sizes and colors are ubiquitous all over Peru.
Many are marked with colorful ear streamers for identification.


In the town of Abancay we saw a parade of indigenous peoples from a large number of surrounding areas.


Not sure if this is a local gang sign or what…?
Ever hear of a “suicide shower”? Here’s what they look like!
Local street near Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas.
Cuzco cuisine, smoked trout salad with hearts of palm, avocado and capers
Cuzco cuisine, trout ceviche
Downtown Cuzco, right in the central square
The Incan Ruins of Ollantaytambo in the town of the same name is a place where Spanish conquistadors suffered one of a their few major battle losses. Spears, arrows and rocks hurled down from above prevented them from taking the high citadel.
Incan ruins abound near Cuzco and in the sacred valley. The stepped terraces of the Moray ruin were an experiment in agriculture testing various crops at different elevations.
Moray terraces. Instead of cutting staircases between terraces which are prone to erosion, here they cantilevered large stones from the wall to access the terraces above and below.

2 thoughts on “On the Road in Peru, Between Ruins

  1. You guys are awesome

    I enjoy reading about your adventures. You’ve been on the road for a year now. Can you believe it?

    We are full time in Michigan. We think of you always and hope to see you sometime in the next 5 years. Oxo


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