Images 1 - 16 were taken during excursions from Chachapoyas , also called the Warriors of the Clouds.
The Chachapoyas people built the great fortress of Kuélap (see Peru 2006 Tour), with more than four hundred interior buildings and massive exterior stone walls. Referred to as the 'Machu Picchu of the north,' Kuélap receives few visitors due to its remote location. Archaeological sites in the region include the burial sites at Revash (see images 9 and 10, 14 - 16) and Laguna de los Condores (Lake of the Condors), among many others.
Images 17 - 25 from Tarapoto with excursion into Amazon basin.
Images 18 - 35 during trip to Huaraz and excursion to Chavín de Huantar; visit this beautiful site (in Spanish) about Chavín culture .
Images 36 - 39 after return to Chiclayo with visit to the plains of Tucume (part of the Lambayeque Valley, the largest valley of the North Coast of Peru). The Lambayeque Valley is the site of scores of natural and man-made waterways and is also a region of about 250 brick pyramids (see Peru 2006 Tour. One of the most spectacular museums in Peru is the new Museo Nacional Sicán in Ferreñafe and the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan in Chiclayo with visit to the plains of Tucume
I arrived in La Paz, Bolivia from Arica, Chile after a 6 hour bus ride thru most amazing scenery (see Chile 2004 Tour).
Images 1 - 4 are from the Valley de Luna.
Images 5 - 13 from my excursion to one of my highest summits in Bolivia, the Chacaltaya with an altitude of 5486 metres.
Images 14 - 31 from La Paz and views during the flight La Paz to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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