|The Cathedral, Plaza de Armas|
1. The colors
Peru is bright and vibrant from it´s woven textiles to typical dress...to it´s corn!?! Yep it´s true!
|A woven decoration at a market near Pisac.|
|Natural dyes at the Pisac market|
|Huge arrays of maiz - all shapes, sizes, and colors!|
2. The animals
There´s a few animals that are unique to Peru...guanacos (similar to llamas) and Peruvian hairless dog to name a few.
|Guanaco in Machu Picchu ruins|
|Here´s the Peruvian dog! I love when they|
have little sweaters on and mohawks!
3. The landscapes
The clouds, the sunsets, the mountains...
|Me on top of Wayna Picchu! The backdrop is Machu Picchu.|
|Maximo playing this stringed Andean instrument|
(similar to a charango) at Cristo Blano.
4. The traditions and culture
The Andes mountains are a very culturally-rich areas. I loved learning about the different cultures and communities - from typical foods and dress to regional slang words and accents, from despachos to Huatia...
|Typical dress themed bday party!|
|Ceremony and offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth).|
|Huatia is a type of harvest fest where potatoes are cooked |
in rock ovens, like the kids are constructing here.
|Megan and I at the Llama Sector, Choquequirao|
5. The people
I´ve had the pleasure of knowing some quality people in Cusco. I made an array of international girlfriends who I was blessed to have found. Thanks to these girls who made a huge impression on my experience. I also had the opportunity to teach English to a lively, motivated, and fun group of kids outside of town. I´ll miss all of these people so much!
|My girls in Oropesa!|