Sunday, August 24, 2008

Perfectly Pleasing Peru....Part 2

Hello Everyone,

I promised more about Peru and here we go! I wish I could show you all my
pictures, but I really must be selective. All the pictures are great and it was a wonderful trip.

First, I will start where we left off with those lovely children. Here is mom and child and just baby. Completely and utterly adorable!! What is most amazing is that the mom's carry the child on their backs while working, spinning yarn, weaving, tending to other children or animals. Well, you get the idea.


These pictures are of the dyed alpaca wools and a dying demonstration. They use all natural elements, mostly from plants to dye the wool.

The source....there were many to be found.

A weaving demonstration.


Finished weavings....


A fluffy baby llama eating alfalfa.
Now onto Moray. Here you can see more terraces built by the Incas for farming. Aren't they cool? They farmed lots of potatoes. According to our guide Peru has about 2600 varieties!!


Now onto a pleasant surprise....The salt mines. Yes, salt! This is not snow in Peru. The salt mines were also terraced on the side of the mountain. Salt water ran into these beds and then evaporated so that the salt could be harvested. Cool!!

Now, last but not least, the main attraction and reason for the vacation....Machu Picchu! These photos say it all!!


For you nature lovers, we also saw some beautiful orchids and Peru's national bird. By the way, apparently avid bird watchers will pay hundreds of dollars to go on a watch for the Andean Cock of the Rock (national bird) and we saw it twice!!!! Here it is and also a shot of a beautiful orchid.

Well folks, that is my toned down version of my pictures from Peru. I hope you enjoyed. When you return for my next post it will be back to quilt related items!! See you then!

Happy Quilting,


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14 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Wow! Fabulous... that baby is beautiful... really interesting bird! I love birds :o)

Susan said...

How sensational! Such beautiful pics. It's always nice to visit another country and see different sites, people and taste different foods from around the world. Welcome back!

Stina said...

Jackie..these pictures are amazing...your trip must have been a total experience... love the hat on the little child... :o)

Sun Jie Fu said...

Nice Pics Jackie. Looks like you had great weather at Macchu Picchu.

Annemariesquilt said...

I just love it, thank you so much for the ride.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Wow, what a trip!

Shirleyquilts said...

Astounding! That was a wonderful travel summary. Makes me want to visit Peru as well.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Jackie the colors in your pictures are just awesome. I love seeing things through your camera lens.

Jacquie said...

Fantastic. Another place to add to my list of places to go. Thanks so much for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow. And I do mean WOW! Your pictures are just beautiful. Love that cute baby -- both of them LOL. Now you've made me want to go!

Gina said...

Stunning photos and that orchid is just fabulous.

Love and hugs Gina xx

suz said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of your trip-amazing! The faces of the children were beautiful. How exciting to see Machu Pichu. Did you bring home any weavings? SuzK

Tine said...

the salt-mines are beautiful. A little strange-looking, somehow they look like something that should be green, but still very beautiful!

eileen said...

Oh Jackie.. your trip looks wonderful! What a land! Nothing at all like that here in the states.

Ok.. the little child in her hat and darling colorful clothing stole my heart. These people are very bright and colorful, aren't they? I love it there. The baby llama.. VERY cute!

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