Photo blog of a private 3000 km 4X4 tour through the south of Peru


Photos and text: Pablo Moreno Romani

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Paracas National Park (RNP) is one of two Protected Natural Areas (ANP) that preserves samples representing Peru’s coastal marine ecosystems. The Park contains land, a large part of the Paracas desert, islands and the sea. The RNP is located 250 km (155 miles) from Lima, and is easily accessible via the Panamericana Sur highway.

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There are impressive rock formations, such as the Cathedral, which, while it was badly affected by the earthquake of August 2007, still offers a unique geological landscape.

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Impressive rock formations offers a unique geological landscape.

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It is the only archaeological site in Peru, in which ancient mummies are seen in their original graves, along with ancient artifacts, dating back to 1000 AD.

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Built by the Nazca people during the pre-Columbian period of Peruvian history, the Cantalloc Aqueducts continue to serve their original purpose. These aqueducts were built in Peru’s lowlands, just 2.5 miles (4 km) to the east of the Nazca lines.Between 30 and 50 underground channels were constructed about 1500 years ago, bringing water from rivers higher in the valley to the centre of their civilization.

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Driving Pampa Galera. The reserve is located at a high elevation between 4,000 and 5,000m, at an hour’s ride from the city of Nazca, over a road climbing un from the coastal desert to the Altiplano, where the vegetation is primarily made up of dry grasses, like, Ichu.

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At the Puquio lagoons of Yaurihuiri- Puquio, in Lucanas- Ayacucho flying flamingos 3200m high.

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At Tampumayo hotel in Apurimac.

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Enigma: The site located on top of the hill called Concacha is regarded as a center of religious worship for Inca people, focusing on water. At Sayhuite there is a remarkable and huge ancient monolith that contains more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures such as reptiles, frogs, and felines. Was it created by the Inca or a civilization that lived here before the Incan people arrived?. Curahuasi- Abancay.

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Saksayhuaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Sections were first built by the Killke culture about 1100; they had occupied the area since 900. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar. The site is at an altitude of 3,701 m (12,142 ft).

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The Sacsayhuaman (also Saksaywaman or Saqsawaman, meaning ‘Royal Eagle’) fortress-temple complex lies at the northern edge of the former Inca capital Cuzco. Constructed during the reign of Pachacuti (1438-1471 CE) and his successors, its massive, well-built walls remain today as a testimony not only to Inca power but also the skills of Inca architects and their approach of blending their monumental structures harmoniously into the natural landscape.

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Moray (Quechua: Muray)[1] is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) . The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and the bottom. It is possible that this large temperature difference was used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops.

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Maras Salt mines are located northwest of the town of Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season are filled or “water ” every 3 days with salt water emanating from a natural fountain located in the top of the wells so that the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies and subsequently elaboration.

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Pisac is perhaps best known for its Incan ruins, known as Inca Písac, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley.

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4*4 super confortable trip with Jan and Kristien, from Belgium. Picture at Titicaca Lake- Puno.

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Titicaca Beach at Taquile Island- Puno

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Early activities such volleyball but there are more, harvesting potatoes and quinoa

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Preparing the fields to be plant during spring

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The desert of San Fernando is also home to the Guanacos, an endangered species. An amazing view of this wonderful species. The Bay of San Fernando is located about 70 kms away of Nasca.

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San Fernando Bay

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Condor flying the beautiful bay of San Fernando.

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11 comments

  1. Gran trabajo Pablo, súper fotos !!!

  2. Muy buenas fotos, el viaje se ver super!

  3. Sounds wonderful. Stunning photos

  4. Your photos have taken us to places we may never see in person — and they’re great photos, too! Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. We’re looking forward to following you and seeing through your eyes. Best wishes for safe travels always! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

  5. Any idea how we can book something similar for our family ? The “Contact us” page on the Vamos website doesn’t seem to work (or at least doesn’t trigger any reaction)

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