Ccaccaccollo Community in Sacred Valley Peru

We made it to Cuzco, what a great city in the Andes with lots of charm. I will share some photos soon. Everybody was excited to go to Machu Picchu, however, first we travelled through the amazing and beautiful Sacred Valley. My tour was with Gadventures who together with Planeterra (a Not for profit organisation) support that particular Community. I was very keen on visiting that Community where indigenous people maintain their traditional way of life. It was very interesting to see the process of weaving, from hand-spinning and dying the wool with natural dyes to the final weaving process. Believe me, the women are so fast and accurate in weaving so many different kind of textiles…I was simply impressed. I definitely recommend to buy their high quality handmade products; it is a great memory and you know YOU support those women.

While I was observing the happening in that community I saw that cheeky little girl playing with a beanie. How cute she is. I was lucky to capture that moment.

weaving co-op Planeterra
cheeky little girl from Ccaccaccollo Community in Peru, Sacred, Valley

 

Paracas and Ballestas Islands, Peru

Paracas

Today I was so excited – the Peru tour finally started. The tour operator was Gadventure (https://www.gadventures.com), a great company, which I absolutely recommend. Great local tourguides, great accommodations and everything is organised for you – the only thing you have to do: relax, listen and observe with a positive mind, flexibility and a sense of humour.

Three hours south of Lima is Paracas, which is a sleeping fishing village that serves as the starting point for all tours to the Balelestas Islands – ‘the poor man’s Galapagos”. Ballestas Island is home of hundreds of sea lions, many species of sea birds, e.g. my personal favourites the blue footed booby including the Humboldt penguins.

Early in the morning we headed off to the Ballestas Islands to take it all in – what a lucky day we had. We didn’t only see the various sea birds, sea lions and penguins but also a pregnant dolphin – how lucky.

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Lima, Peru

My Peru trip started in Lima. For me Peru stands for food, a great culture, very friendly and kind people who respect each other. In my opinion the Peruvian cuisine is one of the best in the world.

Peru has so many different and at the same time beautiful landscapes.

Arrived at the hotel in Miraflores we firstly strolled along the ‘Parque del amor’ or in english ‘Park of Love’. The Love Park is entirely dedicated to all lovers and offers a stunning view over the bay of Lima.

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Foz de Iguazu – Argentina

It was time to leave Buenos Aires for the Iguazu Falls. We first visited the Brazilian side. The Falls are just amazing and we were blessed with lots of rainbows – just incredible.

The second day we explored the Argentinian side of the Falls which was another fantastic experience. You are basically walking on top of the Falls.

Argentinian side of Foz de Iguazu
Iguazu – Argentina

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What to do in Buenos Aires when it is raining

I finally made it to South America after almost a year of planning; first stop Buenos Aires. Unfortunately we choose the only 2 days where it was raining cats and dogs as described in my earlier post. However, with a positive mind and sense of humour, we sighted some amazing places ‘inside’. For example the cathedral, the great bookstore ‘El Ateneo’ as posted earlier. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is located in the city center, overlooking Plaza de Mayo, on the corner of San Martín and Rivadavia streets, in the San Nicolás neighbourhood.

Cathedral Buenos Aires
Cathedral Buenos Aires

A visit to La Boca is a must in Buenos Aires; the best thing about the rain was, that not too many tourists were on the road. La Boca is a neighbourhood with a strong European flavour with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. The conventional explanation is that the neighborhood sits at the mouth (“boca” in spanish). Among sports fans, Boca is best known for being the home of world renowned football club Boca Juniors. La Boca is a popular destination for travellers visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform.

La Boca
A cat in La Boca
La Boca
La Boca

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More about my travel in future posts, stay tuned.

Happy travel.

Foz de Iguazu, Brasil

Devil's throat

Today I have visited the Foz de Iguazu, the Brasilian side. The most amazing waterfall I have seen. I simply cannot describe it. Did you know that the fall is 2.7km long and between 60-82m high? Approximately half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat. The Devil’s Throat is U-shaped, 82 metres high, 150 m wide, and 700 m long. The pressure of the water you feel when you stand right next to it cannot be described in words. If you haven’t visited it yet, go for it.

Nun für meine deutschen Fans: Heute waren wir an den Iguazu Fällen in Brasilien. Das waren die schönsten und beeindruckendsten Wasserfälle, die ich jeh gesehen habe. Wusstet Ihr, dass die Iguazu Wasserfälle insgesamt 2.7 km lang und zwischen 60-82m hoch sind? Ungefähr die Hälfte des Wasserfalls fliesst in die enge Teufelsschlucht, die in einem U geformt ist. Das Gefühl direkt neben den Fällen zu stehen, ist unglaublich und kann nicht in Worte gefasst werden.

Die Iguazu Wasserfälle muss man unbedingt sich angesehen haben.

Devil's throat
Iguazu Falls, Brasilian side
Iguazu Falls, Brasil, Devil's Throat
Iguazu Falls, Brasil, Devil’s Throat

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

most beautiful bookstore

Arrived in Buenos Aires we experienced really bad rain weather. However, we made the most out of it and visited as many places inside possible. That’s the most beautiful bookstore I have ever seen.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the biggest bookstores in South America and certainly the most luxurious. Located in the Recoleta neighborhood, El Ateneo is as splendid as its name, and exudes Buenos Aires’s nostalgic elegance.  The building originally housed the theater Teatro Grand Splendid, designed by architects Pero and Torres Armengol in 1919. After years of popular shows, including performances by the famous tango singer, the Grand Splendid was converted into a movie theater in the late ’20’s, featuring some of the first sound movies shown in Argentina. The El Ateneo publishing house converted this old theater into a bookstore in 2000, thankfully conserving its original aspect, but replacing seating with bookshelves. Framed by plush crimson curtains, the stage is now a cafe where literary types and people-watchers alike form part of the spectacle; acting like a porteño by sipping a cafe and reading a story has never been so literal.

most beautiful bookstore
El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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Travel with me around the world

I am excited to share my new blog with you. I am German but moved to the most beautiful cities in the world to…ta da…. Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and I don not regret this decision at all. I love travelling and taking photographs and this is what I want to share with you. Join me on my journey around the world, sit back, relax, forget all your worries and experience the world through my eyes. Have also a look on my website www.photographybyalexk.com, where you can see what I am talking about.

I am heading off to South America this week, so stay tuned.