Warum ist Cusco so einzigartig? – Teil 1 der Cusco Serie

Von Lima nach Arequipa ueber Nazca zu reisen, war schon einzigartig aber Cusco hatte etwas Besonderes. Cusco ist nicht nur der Ausgangspunkt fuer Machu Picchu, sondern eine tolle Kolonialstadt.

Es gibt so viel ueber Cusco zu berichten, dass ich beschlossen habe, mehrere Artikel zu schreiben:

So, warum sollte man Cusco besuchen:

1. Starten wir mit dem Hauptplatz “Plaza de Armas”. Dieses Foto wurde zum Sonnenuntergang aufgenommen.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset

2. Cusco war  die historische Hauptstadt des Inca Empires, und war das Zentrum der Incawelt vom 13. Jahrhundert bis 1532 als die Spanier Cusco erobert hatten. Man kann immer noch die Architektur der Inkas in Cusco sehen, viele der Mauerstuecke sind in den spanischen Gebaeuden mit eingebaut worden.

Two ladies and their llama on their way home
Two ladies and their llama on their way home

beautiful lane in Cusco

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Food- and dancing guide for Cusco – part 2

It’s been a few months since I visited Cusco. I loved this city in Peru. Sitting here in Sydney and writing about it, makes we want to go back. I cannot explain what it is but Cusco felt very special to me.

Walking around the beautiful city, trying Peruvian cuisine and dancing to Salsa and Bachata made my days in Cusco.

If you have missed my part 1 of my Cusco series, it is not too late. Click here to read and see the photos:

http://blog.photographybyalexk.com/2015/04/09/why-is-cusco-so-special-part-1-of-the-cusco-series/

1. Food heaven Cusco

Cusco has a lot of nice restaurants where you should try the local food.

The photo below is from the restaurant ‘Nuna Raymi’ which means ‘festival of the soul’. What is real and what is a painting? It’s both in one – go and check out this restaurant; it looks very cute and the food is amazing. Try the Al Paca. Here the link to their website: http://www.nunaraymicusco.com

restaurant in Cusco
Nuna Raymi – Festival of the soul

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Why is Cusco so special? – part 1 of the Cusco series

Having travelled from Lima to Arequipa via Nazca was already amazing. Is there a location which can top that? Oh yes, there are a few more to mention: Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca will impress you even more.

For now let’s concentrate on beautiful Cusco. I cannot explain what it is but Cusco felt very special to me. There is so much to say about this city that I have decided to write a few posts.

So why is Cusco so special and what should you visit?

1. Now let’s start with the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cusco at sunset which makes this city shine in its glory.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset

2. Cusco was  the historic capital of the Inca Empire, the navel of the Incan world, from the 13th century to 1532 until the Spanish conquest. You still can see some of the Incan architecture in Cusco, however, most of the walls of Inca masonry have been incorporated into spanish colonial buildings.

Two ladies and their llama on their way home
Two ladies and their llama on their way home

beautiful lane in Cusco

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Gruende warum Peru auf Ihrer Reiseliste für 2015 sein sollte

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english version: http://blog.photographybyalexk.com/category/english/

und nun fuer meine deutschen Fans:

Suedamerika ist auf Ihrer Liste der ultimativen Reiseziele, aber Sie haben sich noch nicht entschieden, wohin es gehen soll? Nun, Peru sollte definitiv auf ihrer Reisetraumliste stehen und hier ist warum: Peru ist ein wunderschoenes, atemberaubendes Land. Sie sagen jetzt wahrscheinlich, nun, so sind ein paar andere Laender aber was ist es, was Peru so speziell macht?

 1. Es ist die Kultur und die Peruvaner

Die Peruvaner sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit solange man sie mit entsprechendem Respekt behandelt. Laecheln Sie und lernen Sie ein paar Worte in spanisch.

Late Titicaca
a local woman and her son from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
tradition in Peru
Ccaccaccollo a indigenous community in Sacred Valley – tradition in Peru

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Reasons why Peru should be on your bucket list for 2015

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in deutsch verfuegbar: Gruende warum peru auf ihrer reiseliste fuer 2015 sein sollte

 

Southamerica is on your bucket list but you are not sure which country to go to yet? Well, Peru should be definitely on your list and here are a few of the reasons why:

Peru is a beautiful amazing country. You probably say now, yes…so the other countries. Ok, what is it exactly what makes Peru so amazing?

 1. It is the culture and the Peruvian people

Peruvians are so warm hearted and friendly people as long as you treat them with respect. Smile at the locals and they will welcome you to their country.

Late Titicaca
a local woman and her son from Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
tradition in Peru
Ccaccaccollo a indigenous community in Sacred Valley – tradition in Peru

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Stranded at the Brazilian border in Iguazu and what now? Read this article and the lessons I had to learn…

Iguazu Argentina

My friend and I visited the Falls of Iguazu last year in November; we decided to stay on the Brasilian side. First visit of the Brazilian side of the Falls were simply breathtaking. I have never seen so many rainbows on one day.

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the rainbow over the devil’s throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

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Why you should visit Arequipa part 2

colourful Santa Catalina

One of the major attractions in Arequipa is the monastery Santa Catalina taking up an entire block of the city with 20,000 sqm. The monastery Santa Catalina was founded in 1580 by Dona Maria de Guzman, a rich widow who became a nun. Its architecture is a fusion of indigenous and spanish using sillar, the local volcanic stone. Enjoy some of my photographs from the colourful Santa Catalina:

Santa Catalina
colourful arches in Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina
blue alley in Santa Catalina
colourful Santa Catalina
colourful doors of Santa Catalina
monastery in colours
the window in Santa Catalina monastery
Santa Catalina
wandering through Santa Catalina
monastery Santa Catalina
the terra-cotta walls and bright flowers of Santa Catalina

When a rainbow meets the rising sun

the airplane and the rainbow

When I woke up this morning it was still dark. As photographer I always observe the sky and so I did this morning. The light started changing and the sky turned red. Unfortunately I had to go to work and had to catch my train. I got itchy and just had to get my camera out; I knew there was no time for me to go down to Gunnamatta Bay for a shooting. So I said to myself: “Alex you just need to be creative and get the shot”. These are the results of it; taken from my balcony. Not the photos I had expected to take but this makes it interesting and different.

Have all a wonderful happy day.

rainbow and the sunrise
the most beautiful rainbow
rainbow at sunrise
when the rainbow meets the rising sun
the airplane and the rainbow
an airplane flying through the rainbow

Why should you visit Arequipa, the white city, in Peru?

Arequipa arches

Have you been to Arequipa or are you planning your next holiday to Peru and are still debating if going to Arequipa or just directly to Cusco? Well you really should consider a visit to the white city and here I tell you why:

  • It helps your body to adjust to the altitude slowly

Arequipa is sitting at 2,325m (7,26ft) above sea level and is surrounded by the Andes mountains. The sea level is not as high as Cuzco but already high enough than your body is used to. You will adjust slowly to the altitude and help you coping with potential altitude sickness problems.

From my own experience when I got off the bus, I felt nothing at all. So, I thought that’s cool. However, we headed to the city and had some dinner. At night it was a bit chilly, so we were walking back to the hotel a bit faster. Believe me, I am used to do exercising and had personal training before, so it was definitely not my fitness level but I could feel that my breathing was a bit strange. My chest was telling me I need to slow down and unfortunately your brain is going crazy and you think you can’t breath anymore. I had to stop and concentrate on breathing. Back in the hotel, all I wanted was to sleep. Strange feeling but you know it is just the altitude and you will be fine.

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