World Travel Tales

Huacachina, Peru

Desert Oasis of Huacachina

This is usually not what comes to mind when you think of Peru, but this is a real life desert oasis, complete with fresh water lake and palm trees, and completely surrounded by huge sand dunes.

Location: Huacachina, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 500, 1/250 sec at f/10.

Cusco, Peru

Hatun Rumiyoc - The Great Inca Walls of Cusco

This photo is to illustrate just how much thought went into the stone walls of the Incas.

In Incan symbology, the snake, the puma, and the condor represented the three worlds - the underworld, the middle world (earth), and the heavens.

When this stone wall was constructed, they interlocked the stones with the shapes of both the puma and the snake present.

The red outline you see is the puma, and the black outline is the snake.

Location: Cusco, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 2000, 1/8 sec at f/6.3.

Ollantaytambo, Peru

Peruvian Girls in Traditional Dress

These Peruvian girls are dressed up in their finest traditional clothing.

Location: Ollantaytambo, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/200 sec at f/10.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

I'm sure you don't need an explanation for Machu Picchu. And I'm not going to show you the same few photos that you've seen a thousand times already.

Hopefully this is a view that you haven't seen too often...

Location: Machu Picchu, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/800 sec at f/8.

Near Ollantaytambo, Peru

Wood Chopping

This Peruvian man is chopping wood for heating his home over the winter.

Location: Near Ollantaytambo, Peru

Camera: Nikon D00 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 1000, 1/100 sec at f/8.

Ollantaytambo, Peru

Inca Stone Masons

The Incas were the best stone masons the world has ever seen. The care they took when assembling their most sacred temples is absolutely astonishing.

There is no mortar holding these stones together. The precise seams and stone nubs and recesses fit together perfectly, and many of the ruins have survived for centuries, and even withstood strong earthquakes.

This photo shows some of the nubs on the outside of the stones which were used for carrying them to their final locations. Afterwards, these would be shaved off to make a smooth surface. These were left unfinished for some reason, but it shows what they used to help handle the heavy stones.

The quarry for Ollantaytambo is quite a distance from the site, and down a steep valley and across a river. They have determined that to cross the river, the Incas used an island. They would dam one side of the river, move the stones across to the island and then move the dam to the other side of the island, always diverting the flow in their favour.

Location: Ollantaytambo, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 640, 1/25 sec at f/5.

Somewhere in Peru

Peruvian Coloured Corn

Apparently you can find corn of every imaginable colour in Peru. Judging by the colours in this woven basket, I wouldn't bet against it.

Location: Somewhere in Peru

Camera: Nikon D00 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 640, 1/100 sec at f/14.

Lake Titicaca, Peru

The Uros People and the Floating Reed Islands of Lake Titicaca

The Uros People have built their own islands. Really!

They harvest the reeds that grow naturally in Lake Titicaca, in Northern Peru. Once the reeds have been allowed to dry in the warm sun, they pile them on top of the old reeds, making a thick, buoyant, bed of reeds. They also build their homes and boats out of reeds. When the reeds get too soggy and lose their buoyancy, they simply add more reeds.

By living on a floating island they avoid paying property taxes to the Peruvian government. They fish for sustenance and rely on tourism to bring in some much needed money to keep the families happy and healthy.

Speaking about healthy, these may be the roundest women on the planet.

Location: Lake Titicaca, Peru

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 500, 1/320 sec at f/8.