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.
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:
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.
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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Sometimes you just need to trust your gut feeling. Today was one of those days. The weather here in Cronulla, Sydney, Australia, was pretty all over the place, from nice and warm to unbelievable hard core showers. However it cleared up and it was nice and warm again. Something told me to get out; go to the beach and play with my camera. So I did. It didn’t take long for a crazy rain shower to come down but then I also could see the sun still trying to be brave and fight against the rain. In my mind I was saying: well, no beach and playing with my camera but then I stopped and thought ‘ hang on a sec.’ rain and sun equals rainbows, right? So, I decided to keep walking and when finally arrived at the beach there was the beautiful rainbow. I loved the clouds formation and the rainbow pushing through.
Now, it started raining again but I knew it will stop soon anyways. Then I was able to capture that beautiful scene.
I couldn’t get enough of these beautiful rainbows. More and more would follow and then this massive cloud coming in…oh oh…first I had to get the photo. I worry about me getting drenched later.
…and now, guess what…yes, i got drenched…unbelievable this heavy rain. I was literally running to a shelter in Shelly beach in Cronulla; absolutely soaked but excited.
…and here there was another rainbow again….what a great afternoon.
I had to wait for quite a while; went then home, totally wet but with a big happy smile.
What did I learn today: Get out and trust your instincts and you will see amazing things when you just open your eyes. Mother nature can be amazing.
Have a great start into the week.
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.
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.
Have a look at some photographs: Continue reading “Paracas and Ballestas Islands, 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.
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.