The Importance of Peruvian Hats

The Montera

The flat red felt hat known as a montera

Some Peruvian hats appear to serve little function.  However, they often tell other locals where the hat wearer is from and their family heritage.  The red felt hat is called a montera and can be filled with flowers, fruit and other adornments.  These are worn by Quechua women throughout the Sacred Valley.  When worn at such an angle, it may also tell others she is a widow. Continue reading

Eating Cuy, or Guinea Pig in Peru

Guinea Pig in Peru

Looking like Three Blind Mice, I was anxious to try Guinea Pig

After a recent photography trip to Ecuador, I was disappointed to have missed out eating their national dish, guinea pig.  So given the chance to once again try this unique local cuisine in Peru, I jumped at the opportunity.  Better yet, our Peruvian cab driver let me know the Ecuadorians do not know how to properly prepare guinea pig like the Peruvians do … lucky me! Continue reading

Machu Picchu in the Rainy Season

Machu Picchu in the rainy season

Machu Picchu in January

Machu Picchu is a well known and all-too-well traveled Inca destination high above the Urubamba River Valley in Peru.  During the 90 minute train ride from our base in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River was in view most of the time.  It is the most turbulent, violent river with non-stop rapids I ever have seen.  So this deep valley is still being carved out by nature at a steady pace. Continue reading

City of Eternal Spring, Peru

The Pope will visit the city of Trujillo, Peru in January 2018

We did only a little research on the Internet about the port city of Trujillo we were going to visit during our cruise to Valparaiso, Chile.  We learned Trujillo is generally referred to as “The City of Eternal Spring” and were looking forward to this cruise port stop.  After visiting, we learned what a bunch of “marketing” that is… Continue reading