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The main square in the capital city of Lima. Despite
Lima being within tropical latitudes at 12° 2’ south, the
proximity of the Andes moderated the temperature and
kept it comfortable. There is always a cloudy sky in
Lima and it hardly ever rains, meaning that artificial
irrigation is needed for growing crops.
Here’s a herd of llama near the fort of Saksayhuaman,
near Cuzco. Llama, alpaca and vicuña are fairly
common sights in the fields and plains of Peru. Their
fleece is spun into high-quality, very soft wool and
knitted alpaca garments are much sought-after. Alpaca
knitwear is Peru is very cheap to buy compared to
prices is Britain.
The Inca Trail is very popular for backpackers and hikers
when visiting Peru and going up to Machu Picchu. This
photo was taken out of the window of the train that
took us from Cuzco - it took three and a half hours to do
a 57-mile journey!
The world-famous ‘lost’ Inca city of Machu Picchu. Built
around 1450 and abandoned about 100 years later, it
was ‘rediscovered’ in 1911 by the explorer Hiram
Bingham and much restoration work has been carried
out. In 1983 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peruvian ladies at Lake Titicaca. This style of dress was
very typical of most of the local ladies we saw - heavy
gathered skirts, knitted cardigans or ponchos and straw