This was my first adventure to Peru but my second time in South America....Argentina and Aconcagua having been my first. I ventured to Peru for two weeks and traveled through the country with another couple who were close friends. We started out by landing in Lima but only stayed there for one night and then immediately left for Arequipa where we had arranged to hike down into "Colca Canyon", famed for being deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Condors sail through its wind currents and although it's dry and dusty there was a beautiful oasis at the base of the canyon near the river where we stayed for a night. After hiking up out of the canyon we traveled overland by bus to Puno and visited Lake Titicaca and the famous "floating islands" made from thatched reeds. While it is certainly one of the most unique lakes in the world it is also one of the most "touristy" areas of any country I've ever been to, but we enjoyed ourselves while we were there. From Puno we flew into Cusco and then bussed into Ollontaytambo...in the "sacred valley" and we walked some of the ancient fortress sites. We then hiked the four day "Inca Trail" and went through the sun gate into the lost city of Machu Picchu. The last section of our trip took us to the jungle along the Tambopata river where we stayed in an open walled jungle hut for several nights. It was in interesting place to bed down for the night...to be sure. Peru is a lovely country and has many beautiful sights and photographic opportunities. For this trip I took my Canon 5D Mark III, my 24-105 f/4.0 L, 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 II L, 16-35 f/2.8 II L, and 24 f/1.4 L lenses. I post processed a variety of the HDR images with Photomatix. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
These kids were having a blast singing in the waiting lounge in Panama City airport.The tortoise "Paco" at our hotel.One of the monastery/nunneries in Arequipa.Inside the monastery/nunnery in Arequipa Peru.Another image taken in the Monastery/nunnery in Arequipa Peru.One of the doorways" I shot in the monestary/nunnery in Arequipa Peru, post processed in Photomatix.Another of the doorwaysin the monestary/nunnery in Arequipa Peru, post processed in Photomatix.The doorways lended themselves to great images.  Post processed in Photomatix.A large cathedral in Arequipa, post processed in Photomatix.Colca canyon where condors soar along with the winds.A condor in the canyon.Colca canyon, with the "oasis" in green at the bottom where we stayed the night.A view of the canyon.Kids are so fun to shoot images of.Mom and her little girl.Kids can find fun in the simplest of activities like playing soccer in the laneway.The view after arriving at the top of the rim of Colca Canyon from the climb up.An old lady in the canteen we ate breakfast at after emerging from Colca Canyon.Lake Titicaca and the famous floating islands.Some of the "local residents" of the floating islands.