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1 Started with a couple of days in Lima
2 A few of Lima's deco buildings
3 Shoe shine on the streets of Lima
4 Peruvian Folk Dance Performance
5 Flew to Arequipa in the south - Dueling Bulls - at the city's entrance
6 MiradorDeYanahuara, Arequipa, Peru
8 Plaza des Armes
9 Calle San Francisco, Arequipa
10 Example of Rocco Mixti architecture (Mixture of European and Indiginous)
11 Santa Catalina Monastery
13 Savilla Street
14 A Quiet place
15 Monastery laundry (14th century)
16 Alpaca Weaver at an Alpaca shop
17 Tour mate feeding the donors
18 On the road to Puno - Llamas at play
19 a less touristy shop
20 Leaving Arequipa - lunch break on the farm - volcano backdrop
21 Huge quarry of hardened volcanic ash from which much of Arequipa is built
22 One of 20 self-employed quarrymen who break pieces and drop them down, choose, sstart chipping away, split into building brick sizes and finally finely finish the edges to perfect rectangular
23 splitting into two halves after getting the sides straight
24 Lorenzo posing - or waiting for his wife to bring his lunch. Their kids have gone to university on his earnings.
25 Some of the more fanciful carving in the quarry
26 Our intrepid group.
27 Vicuñas and Misti Volcano
28 Llamas going home. Shepherds all seem to be female.
29 Sacrificial platform
30 An Aymara woman/alpaca weaver. Bought a nice pair of fingerless gloves from her so I could keep taking photos withought freezing my digits off.
31 Windblown formations and a cloud to match.
33 Two guys and a guanaco.
34 On the road to Puno - couple farming their wheat field
38 Quechuan profile in Chuhito
39 Aymara profile in Chuhito
40 Aymara Market - Choosing fish on the way to Puno
41 Catching up over the Carrots
42 Tunuhuya Farm community - invited for lunch
43 A visit with an Aymara community - this is a mother and daughter.
44 Spinners circle
45 Spinning bee
46 Woman and her father
47 3 generations
48 3 sisters
49 6 sisters
50 Family closeness
51 The lunch they prepared for us
52 Picking quinoa - with donkeys
53 Moonrise in Puno
54 A bit touristy, but the Uros folks dressed us all up up in their native garb and then produced some handicrafts for sale.
55 Trying out a reed boat.
56 Church in main square of Puno, Peru
57 Main street in Puno
58 family chat
59 not all bowler hats
60 Copacabana - full moon over Lake Titicaca
61 After the hike to the top of the Island of the Sun
62 Island of the Sun - peeked through a gate and saw this guy saddling up his horse.
63 Enroute to Bolivia early morning
64 Provisions in the lower Alti Plano
65 16000 feet!
66 Looking down from the 'top'
67 A symbol or a snow marker....
68 Starting down the new road
70 End of new road -
71 Walking the next couple of miles
72 That's Me!
73 Some didn't make it
74 Back in the van and coming out from the clouds
75 Bolivian farm
76 looking back at LaPaz
77 Tiwanaku, ancient pre-Inka site in Bolivia
78 Fairly trashed by the Spaniards in the 1500s, but many artifacts like this shamaness have been uncovered.
79 Entering La Paz, Bolivia - the cable cars zipping over the dense city were a treat our entry
80 Getting across LaPaz to our destination
81 Looking back up one of the hills
82 La Paz is in a 'bowl'
85 Downtown - and down - to hotel.
86 From inside the Valley of the Moon, looking across the city to the Andes
87 Mysitcal moment
88 She's promoting a woman's boxing match to start in a couple of hours....
89 And on a Sunday in the central square - children buy corn to feed the pigeons.
90 Across the border in Bolivia; pre-Inka site, a flight to Uyuni and a visit to a train cemetery.
91 The Pulacayo Silver Mine in Bolivia. Still working, but has many old mining artifacts around to explore.
97 The Mine Head
98 The Uyuni Salt Flats
99 Hotel made of salt.
100 Lobby lounge
102 My room
103 My lanai
104 Sunset over the saltflats - from the hotel roof
105 Visit to a small salt facory - Granularized salt
106 After adding the iodine, it is bagged and the bags are sealed one by one.
107 Ancient caves still in use.
108 This one is used when help with fertility is needed.
109 Hard to see but it's fairly high up.
110 The top of another 'island'.
111 Day 2 driving on the salt flats
112 Lunch on the flats
113 InkaHausi - an island on the salt flats with cactus that looks like Saguaro.
115 Fun with photography
116 Dakar Motorace - never worked here but the salt monument is still a sight to behold
117 Salt piles - takes two days after scraping to get ready for processing. After that the piles solidify.