Picture The World – Peru

There are many images in my albums, that transport me back to Peru and the wonderful days we spent there last fall. Of the colourful, pensive Quechua women, their lovely rosy cheeked little children, the Ceviches, the stuffed potatoes (!) and the Pisco sours, the amazing Incan architecture of the sacred valley, the streets of Qusco city – the heart of cultural Peru – and many many more!

But as much as all of these are intrinsic parts of Peru’s cultural fabric, I feel it is the magical setting of Machu Picchu that remains the quintessential icon of Peru. Machu Picchu is what we had gone to see, and this view of the Lost City of the Incas is my chosen subject for the ‘Picture The World‘ project at The Departure Board website.

The faintly visible rays of the morning sun kissing the Incan stonework and the fortuitous presence of a couple of Llamas, are the reasons why I eschewed the classic, postcard view of the Citadel in favour of this one. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Many thanks to Suzanne of The travelbunny for my nomination. In turn I get to nominate two other bloggers to submit photos for other countries, and I’m going with Bama of What an Amazing World for his more than amazing photos from Indonesia and James of Plus Ultra for his wonderful travel vignettes from around the world. And if you want to showcase one of your photographs to complete the Picture The World project, you can do so here. Do remember to email them a link to your post.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

93 thoughts on “Picture The World – Peru

  1. Ah you have such beautiful pictures Madhu! I can’t believe it was 12 years ago since I was there but it is indeed a very special, magical place.

      1. Good thing I kept a very accurate journal of the event. I would love to go back someday and hike it with my son when he is older. Wouldn’t that be something?

  2. You know I love your pictures, Madhu.
    But you words transport me there, I leave this blog feeling like I have been to Peru.

  3. Peru has always been high on my list. If I had to pick only one South American country to go, I would have chosen Peru. But you know the more the better. 🙂
    By the way, thanks a lot for the nomination. I feel honored! Now I have to dig into my archives to look for the best picture to represent Indonesia.

  4. Hi Madhu,
    Did you travel there on your own or with the travel agent? I’d love to visit Peru in the near future. Beautiful photo!

    1. Thank you Suzanne! It is on everyone’s list I am sure 🙂 I want to visit Vietnam badly and your photos pique my interest even more.

    1. Thank you Fergiemoto. It is an awesome experience. We couldn’t do the trail though, since R has issues with altitude sickness.

  5. Wow Madhu, thank you for the nomination!! I love your pictures, and the tales that you tell with such eloquence and enthusiasm. So far my blog has been focused on Spain but I wonder if I should go with Hong Kong, China, or even Laos.

  6. This is exquisite, Madhu! (I’m afraid I use this word a lot with you, don’t I??!!? 😉

    This image more than any other I have seen makes me very much want to be standing where you were standing, makes me want to be there.

    Thank you!

    1. Please continue to do that….music to my ears 🙂 I have a pretty good shot of the standard view that you see in postcards, but some how liked this angle much better. Glad you agree. Thank you for your generous comments!

  7. Madhu….beautiful post, and with each of your travel posts my list of place to see before I die keeps getting longer… I better be around for a long time to come 🙂

  8. Madhu its great to see a different view of Machu Picchu from the usual. Well done its fabulous and what an awesome trip it must have been, I envy you your travels! I wouldn’t be able to climb it either, I have asthma and wouldn’t be able to breath!

    1. Thanks Gilly. The climb inside the sanctuary isn;’t too bad if you don’t include the hikes upto the peak behind, or to the sun gate. It is the altitude that makes it seem difficult. Asthma could easily aggravate that. R has issues with altitude sickness and I was worried sick, but he was fine with only some minor headache and dizziness on our last day in Qusco.

  9. Madhu, I could lose myself in these pictures! Just beautiful! And I have the strangest juxtaposition, on the other side of the world. Tintagel in Cornwall: not high like in Peru, but high for us hobbits 🙂 And very similar ruins. Ours are about 1000 years old, as I recall, or a little less, without those stunning mountains but with the Cornish coastline – it’s a tall island which juts out into the Atlantic. Strange they should look so similar.

    1. Doesn’t Tintagel have something to do with King Arthur? 1000 years makes it older than Machu Picchu! Do you have pictures of the island?

  10. Hi,
    Oh Wow, I am so jealous, I would love to see Machu Picchu, I have studied and read up on a lot of the ancient sights in South America, and it is definitely on my bucket list, just so fascinating the history of this wondrous place.
    A magnificent photo. 🙂

  11. Madhu, these are really striking photos. I like that you chose to shoot one of the less photographed views; you are right, the light and a new perspective add to the drama of the photo.

  12. Fabulous photo Madhu! Congrats on your nomination. I checked out the departure boards website, they’ve forgotten several Caribbean islands, including my little island 😦

  13. That is so striking. And you are so eloquent describing it, something I lack. I love that tree covering the tree. I don’t know why. I just do. And I love there areeeeee nobody to find and populate that very striking sight.

    1. Thank you Rommel. If you check the larger image (you need to click on it) you will find a lone man wandering inside the walls and another black llama on the left! I hadn’t noticed till R pointed it out to me!

  14. Stunning absolutely stunning..specially the last one Incan stonework ..looks straight out of some mythical era movie scene..the beauty around..
    lovely shots Madhu

  15. In all your travels you must have widdled in some amazing places, for a dog like me widdling is a sacred duty. I salute you for that although I am a little jealous.

    1. Oh, my OCD makes me prefer tinkling on porcelain! Can understand your need to mark your presence on those ancient stones though 🙂 Have no doubt you will get your turn.

    1. Oh, Peru has so much to offer Ameena. No big city thrills like Argentina or Chile, but oh so charming. You should go.

  16. Great shot – I never been in Peru, but after seen a lots of photos and listen to a lot of stories – I think time has come… 😉

  17. The photograph hardly looks earthly. Such a wonderful perspective in the photo too. I always get the feeling that such places were dropped into the surrounding cliffs by a giant hand! Can you imagine building this place? The Incas were tiny people. Lovely carpeted terraces too. I neglect to visit you, but I always remember the post about your childhood home. That struck a chord with me, I guess. Yours is a wonderful place to visit, Madhu. Such overwhelming beauty.

    1. Thank you George. The setting of Machu Picchu is its wow factor. The architecture quite possibly does not compare with other 14th century sites, but the question that keeps popping up is “how did they do it?” Thanks again for your very generous compliments, means a lot 🙂

    1. YES! We expected the terraces to be drier – they are greenest in May after the rains – but they were surprisingly green! The background is just the light and the angle I think. Have to admit there is a huge element of luck in my images 🙂

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