TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY - PERU. PART 1.

Travel in Peru with Exodus Travel  www.exodus.co.uk with Carlos Lechuga. Part 1 of the journey takes us from Lima, the Ballestas Islands, Ica, Paracas, The Nazca lines, Cusco, the sacred valley and Machu Picchu.

The Ballestas islands home to wildlife living from the nutrient rich Humbolt current. 
The Ballestas islands home to wildlife living from the nutrient rich Humbolt current, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the world.

The Ballestas islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans.

Guano (bird droppings) was widely used by the native populations of pre-Spanish Latin America for centuries as a fertilizer to increase crop yields. Peru's primary guano islands are the Chinchas, the Ballestras, the Lobos, and the Macabi and Guanape islands. It is a highly acclaimed fertilizer. 
The Port of Paracas and the coastal desert Pacific route. 
Viewing platforms for the Nazca lines. 

Viewing platforms for the Nazca lines.
The Nazca lines are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert. They were made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200 BCE and 600 CE along rivers and streams that flow from the Andes. The desert itself runs for over 1,400 miles along the Pacific Ocean. The area of the Nazca art is called the Pampa Colorada.


 
Huacachina oasis in the high desert.

Huacachina oasis is built around a small natural lake in the high desert. 



Dactylopius coccus is native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico. A deep crimson dye is extracted from the female cochineal insect that live on the cacti. The insects are harvested from cacti that have white deposits which are made by the beetles. Cochineal is today primarily used as a food colouring and for cosmetics.
The high desert, heading into the Andes.
The high desert, heading into the Andes.


Peru is home to 1879 species of birds and second only to Brazil in the number of endemic birds and second only to Indonesia in the number of bird species. This little one is either a Parakeet or a Macaw. 
Everywhere you go you see political parties advertised on walls and houses.  The Peruvians of course dislike this graffiti but politicians, like everywhere else in the world, are keen to have their voices heard above others.
The Apurimac riiver which finally flows into the Amzon river. 
The high desert and the Tarawasi ruins. 
The glaciated summits of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
The Urubamba River is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River, it rises in the Andes and circles the base of Machu Picchu. 
The town of Aqua callientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.
The magnificent Machu Picchu hidden for centuries under the high jungle.
Machu Picchu with Alpaccas grazing. The flowering plant on the right only flowers every 100 years. Not sure of it's name. 

The glaciated summits of of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
The sacred valley.
The sacred valley.
The sacred valley.

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