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Ollantaytambo, Peru
Wandering around the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Peruvian town about two hours from Machu Picchu, we looked up as dusk settled in to see this ancient Incan granary. It was wedged into the side of an intimidatingly steep mountain to store...
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Maras, Peru
Dona Juanita, a q'ero shaman, walking out of the sacred site of Moray after a ceremony honoring mother earth.
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Peru
Comprised of over 2,000 small salt wells, the "Salineras de Maras" have provided a steady source of salt for residents of Peru's Sacred Valley since potentially before the days of the Inca. Diverting water from a naturally salty spring, small...
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Paradero Rumichaka, Urubamba 08660, Peru
My husband and I recently went to the Sacred Valley region in Peru and stayed in this paradise called "Willka T'ika", which means the sacred flower. Every single meal we had at Willka T'ika came freshly from their garden: salads made of freshly...
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Urubamba, Peru
The end of another glorious day in the city of Cusco, Peru. The entire city is surrounded by mountains which come alive with light as the sun goes down.
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Urubamba, Peru
many long endless on ones travels through south America. this road is above the town of urubamba in the sacred valley of Peru. beautiful people and Hugh Andes air. I went to shoot here recently and saw many lost travelers end up at an NGO called...
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Chinchero District, Peru
Every color is represented in hand-dyed alpaca wool yarn, which hang in a rainbow from the stucco wall. Four to five women demonstrate yarn washing, dying, and knitting techniques passed down generation to generation, mostly orally. At these...
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Cusco, Peru
Staying in a hotel in Cuzco, my wife and I got to examine the famed Inca stonework up close; one of the walls in our room was composed of the original Inca foundation--interlocking stones fit so precisely, without mortar, built with no metal...
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Cusco, Peru
I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most...
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Canoa, Ecuador
In the late afternoon every Friday, volunteers and students at Río Muchacho Organic Farm pile into the back of large, slow-moving trucks. They are then bounded along the bumpy, winding dirt road that leads roughly 10 miles southwest into the tiny...
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Who knew this view of Pululahua Volcano exists from a hotel bed just 30 minutes outside Quito. Not many people, which I discovered on a recent visit: http://www.afar.com/afar/staying-on-the-edge-quitos-volcano-hotel.
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Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador
I dit it! I balanced an egg on a nail. It's not easy but possible... with the energy of the Middle of the World in Quito-Ecuador!
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Calacalí, Ecuador
Book a suite at Mashpi Lodge and you can spot howler monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species from your Philippe Starck bathtub-with-a-view. Opened in April 2012 on the 3,000-acre Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge has...
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Daniel Cevallos Rd 1064, Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to the "Middle of the World." Actually, Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo is a little askew from the middle of the world – the equator lies about 800-feet north of the marked line. Nevertheless, in this city, located in Pichinita, you can climb...
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Fray Vicente Solano E527, Quito 170136, Ecuador
Slow morning in casa bambú
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Quito 170130, Ecuador
view from the bottom. from the top? view of the entire city.
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Chile y Guayaquil (esquina), Chile, Quito 170401, Ecuador
This photo was taken from the Bell Tower of the Church of San Agustín, in your next visit yo Quito climbs to the tower
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Quito, Ecuador
Outside the gates of the presidential palace in Quito stand guards dressed in ceremonial attire. These are actual soldiers who are picked for the honor of standing guard while the president is in the palace.
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El Sena, Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is known for its volcanoes, but a hotel that sits right next to one? No one I talked to had heard of it. Not only does El Cráter offer large suites with whitewashed stone interiors, igloo-style domed skylights, and big heavy wooden doors...
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Turi, Quito 170121, Ecuador
Our tour guide Erfain from Mio tours took us to this hallowed place, the Battle of Turi monument is very special and it is celebrated annually. There are 73 steps to the upper level. The battle was between 4,000 Ecuadorians and 8,000 Peruvians on...
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Reina Victoria, Quito 170150, Ecuador
La Boca del Lobo is a funky little restaurant in the Mariscal neighborhood of Quito. The decor, as you can see, is a bit surreal with bright colors, abstract art and a tree growing up through the floor. The food is tapas style with a mix of...
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Isabel La Católica N24-274 y Galavis, Quito 170109, Ecuador
Fantastic spot in Quito - friendly cafe by day, stage for emerging musicians by night.
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Antonio de Ulloa, Quito 170129, Ecuador
Limpia is a cleansing procedure which is typical of Andean medicine. It involves the use of natural herbs, oils and rubs to bestow blessings of peace, harmony and prosperity, to cure diseases and ward off traumas. You can get a treatment for $10...