Quechua girl and her huarizo

Quechua girl and her huarizo

Quechua girl and her huarizo

Christmas Day 2011 saw me deep within Peru’s Colca Canyon. Along the way from the town of Chivay (where we had spent Christmas Eve) to the Mirador Cruz del Condor (where we would later see the wild birds in flight!) were a number of small markets on the side of the road. This young girl and her huarizo, an alpaca/llama mix, were posing for photographs in exchange for sols.



Christmas Eve, Chivay Peru

Two years ago today I boarded a minibus in the city of Arequipa, Peru, and had my life change forever. Not only was I about to encounter some of the most amazing scenery I had ever seen, but I would be putting my health into the hands of complete strangers — all on Christmas Eve, in the middle of nowhere, thousands of kilometers from home.

Read more about my amazing trip to Peru, and Christmas 2011 in the Colca Canyon here.

Cusco street dancers, take two!

The day after encountering the Conquistador-like Peruvian Morris Dancers (or so they seemed to me!), while at breakfast ANOTHER parade of dancers came ambling by the patio we were eating at.

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Street dancers in Cusco, Peru

A travel friend and I randomly came across this parade as we hunted the side streets of Cusco for an elusive “all-in-one souvenir shop”. The store ended up being not what was hoped for, but the parade and the dancers more than made up for it!

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North of Lima

I lucked out with the panoramic window on a Cruz del Sur bus from Lima to Trujillo. This meant that I had the front row of the second floor of the bus to enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Pan American Highway that I had no idea awaited me.

The music was recorded on Christmas Eve in a small town called Chivay.

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