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My photos of Peru include the people and landscapes of Peru, including Cusco, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Arequipa and its beautiful Monastery of Santa Catalina, the Colca Canyon, the Andes Mountains, Andean Condors. I've been to Machu Picchu three times in the last eleven years and hiked the Inca Trail twice. It passes through marvelous scenery in the Andes Mountains - a trip I'd encourage anyone to make. Larger versions of these photos of Peru can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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a close-up photo of a Piranha
Piranha
This is a close-up photo of the face and teeth of the infamous Piranha.

photo of a brother helping his little brother in Cusco,Per
Brothers
These boys played in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru.

photo of the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru
Machu Picchu #5451
The Incan ruins at Machu Picchu are extensive and elaborate. It's easy to spend an entire day exploring the site. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page>



photo of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun in the Andes Mountains of South America
Machu Picchu #5466
The weather at Machu Picchu changes often and quickly. The ruins are often encased in clouds and fog in the early morning and sometime throughout the day. However, even then, the sight from the Gate of the Sun can be spectacular. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page

photo of a family in traditional colorful clothing in Ollantaytambo, Peru
Colorful People
The people of Ollantaytambo, Peru are very proud of their Incan heritage. The Incan ruins present there are the site of the only Incan victory over the invading Conquistadors. On the face of the rock cliff overlooking Ollantaytambo there is a sculpture - probably several stories tall - of the face of an ancient Incan king.

a nightscape photo of the fountain in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, Peru
Cusco at Night
This is a nightscape photo of the fountain in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, Peru.



photo of intricate Incan stone work in Cusco, Peru
Incan Stone Work #5175
This is a close-up photo of an Incan wall in Cusco, Peru.

photo of a face carved into the cliffside overlooking Ollantaytambo, Peru
Incan Stone Work #5175
This photo shows a face carved into the cliffside overlooking Ollantaytambo, Peru.

photo of Incan stone work in Cusco, Peru
Incan Stone Work #5175
This is a close-up photo of an Incan wall in Cusco, Peru.

photo showing the terraces and mountains in the Colca Valley of Peru
Colca Valley #1493
Beautiful Colca Valley landscapes continue for miles along the Colca River in Peru. See more photos of the Colca Canyon at TheWorldinLight Colca Canyon Page.

photo of an alpaca at the Colca Lodge in Peru
Alpaca #1469
This is another Alpaca at the Colca Lodge in Peru's Colca Canyon. See more photos of the Colca Canyon at TheWorldinLight Colca Canyon Page.

photo of the condor viewing site at the Colca Canyon of Peru
Cruz del Condor #0705
The Colca Valley gradually narrows and deepens to become the Colca Canyon. At the lip of the Colca Canyon is a spot known as Cruz del Condor. This is a popular site for viewing the Andean Condor, one of the largest birds in the world. At Cruz del Condor, the Andean Condors frequently soar past the viewing site so closely that the wind in the wings can be heard.

photo of the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0083
This is the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru. See more photos of Arequipa in TheWorldinLight Arequipa, Peru photo gallery.

a photo of the very attractive Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0878
The cener of the Plaza has a large fountain - very popular with the children and pigeons, both of which flock to the Plaza. See more photos of Arequipa in TheWorldinLight Arequipa, Peru photo gallery.

photo of the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, Peru from a balcony restaurant
Plaza de Armas #1051
The three sides of the Plaza not occupied by the Cathedral are lined by balconied buildings with many, many restaurants, an artisan's gallery, and superb views of both the Plaza and Cathedral. See more photos of Arequipa in TheWorldinLight Arequipa, Peru photo gallery.



photo of Incan terraces overlooking Pisac, Peru
Pisac Incan Terraces #5202
This is a photo showing Inca Terraces overlooking Pisac, Peru and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. To see more, go to our Pisac Ruins photo gallery.

photo of Incan ruins near Pisac, Peru
Pisac Incan Ruins #5219
This photo shows a small portion of the Incan ruins in the mountains around Pisac, Peru. To see more, go to our Pisac Ruins photo gallery.

photo of Incan ruins and the Pisac valley
Pisac Incan Ruins #5226
This is a photo of Incan ruins and the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Pisac, Peru. To see more, go to our Pisac Ruins photo gallery.

a photo of the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu #5500
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a one-way hike. This prevents trekkers from passing so many other trekkers and reduces the appearance of crowding on the trail However, I have done this hike twice - in 1998 and 2006 and I can assure you the trail has become much more crowded. Peruvian controls have supposedly set restrictions on the number of trekkers, however they now also control the amount that porters can carry, so there are far more of them. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page>

photo of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #5540
The 500-year old Incan ruins of Machu Picchu were only re-discoverd in the 1930's. Now nearly fully restored, the site is one of he most popular tourist attractions in Peru, and perhaps in all of South America. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page

 photo of Machu Picchu with the peak of Huaynu Picchu in the background
Machu Picchu #29
Machu Picchu is the most famous of the Incan Ruins of Peru. Located on the peaks of mountains near the village of Aguas Calientes, Peru, Machu Picchu is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page>

photo of the lush, green Colca Valley of Peru
Colca Valley #1489
Tours or transportation to the Colca Valley or Colca Canyon are easily arranged from Arequipa, Peru. One excellent tour agency is Colonial Tours on Santa Catalina, just off the Plaza de Armas. See more photos of the Colca Canyon at TheWorldinLight Colca Canyon Page.

close-up photo of an Andean Condor as it soars past
Condor #1508
The Andean Condor has a wing span that can exceed three meters - the largest of any bird in the world. See more photos of the Andean Condor at TheWorldinLight Andean Condor Gallery.

photo of the Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru
Monestario de Santa Catalina #196
A street scene in the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. See more photos of the Monastery of Santa Catalina at TheWorldinLight Santa Cantalina Monastery page.

photo of a street vendor in Cusco carrying her child on her back
Mother and Child
In Cusco, Peru where tourists flock to visit ancient Incan ruins such as Machu Picchu, the local people eke out a life by selling trinkets and crafts to foreigners. This woman carried her child throughout long days to sell finger puppets to tourists.

photo showing the inca trail and incan ruins in Peru
Incan Ruins
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

photo of the famous incan ruins of Machu Picchu in South America
Machu Picchu #5584
Machu Picchu is located in an absolutely stunningly beautiful setting in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The ruins can be reached by a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains via the Inca Trail, or by train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountains followed by a bus ride up. See more photos of Machu Picchu at TheWorldinLight Machu Picchu Page

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