ready to explore
Ready to land in South America.
The cathedral in Plaza d' Armas.
over hundreds varieties of potatoes
Meet empanada. Yummy!
Frog juice anybody?
biggest monastery in Arequipa.
beautiful setting in Arequipa
Our home in Arequipa. Our home in Arequipa
chi cha drink
Not as good as at Mario's (the Peruvian restaurant in LA).
Hiking down Colca CAnyon, the deepest canyon in the world.
the biggest condor in the world
Hiking down Colca CAnyon, the deepest canyon in the world. At Condor's look out. From here you can see the deepest part of the canyon!
see the switch back in the bg? they literally going straight up
The Colca Canyon gang.
Hiking down Colca CAnyon, the deepest canyon in the world. At the Oasis, at the bottom of the canyon
5 stone hotel room down at the Oasis
cannot go barefoot.
Hiking down Colca CAnyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Our sleeping pad at the bottom of the canyon. Nothing fancy; but at least we didn't have to sleep on the ground.
still amazed by the roads along the mountain
Our guide Luz.
Hiking down Colca CAnyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Resting at the end of a very steep uphill.
Peru's national soft drink, INCA Cola.. taste like cream soda..oh yeah
all kinds of delicious fruits, CHEAP!
can you spot the sheeps?
Breakfast with the host family.
The host family. Poor but very friendly.
more inca steps..
fliped the used tires inside out and turn them into baskets
say who only Chinese eat chicken feet?
Cuy, Ginea Pig...
saw pig sitting on the counter
face of a cooked cuy...plus teeth.. can u handle it?
Looking for accomodation in Cuzco, at 6:00 in the morning.
Hostal interior, a very cozy one.
view from balcony
try to fit in
cuzco plaza del armes
alley in cuzco, the best part
The Cuzco City tour cost us 10 soles each (that about $3) for a 5 hour bus tour with a guide!
Inca Ruins, HUGE rocks
cannot get enough of the llamas..
inca architecture. pretty amazing.
perfectly cut stones
night time in cuzco
early morning in the alley
trying to recall what happened last night...
Day trip to Sacred Valley of the Inkas
I can, too.....doing David Blaine kind of elevation
More Inca Ruins
Raining as expected, made it much more moody and fun
another inca ruins
those stones are like one story high
new years day celebration
a drunk lady drinking too much chi cha drink...
alley from the hostal
day to Macchu Picchu. a terrible start
raining and falling rocks on the road that is not well maintained.
made it to the train
power out is extremely common. pretty much everyday
4:45AM, on the way to Macchu Picchu
6:30..already a mess
6:30 buses full of more tourists coming in
ever stop changing clouds
misty MP in the early morning in the rainy season
slowly the sun burns moisture away and slow revealing the majestic scenary
and the clouds came back, bird flying..it was AWESOME
more tourists came in by now
rock for timel purpose
the fun and domestic llamas
let me be part of your calmness
the stepping stones were placed contrivedly for going up and down
gotta be there to appreciate
the classic MP angle where you see in postcards
i am just looking at their behind at this point
and his throw
small rooms and chambers
the train from Hydro Electric to Aquas Calientes
hiking back to Aquas Calientes through jungle
ready to head back to Cuzco
entertainment on the train..
China town in Lima. I was the only Asian there.
guy selling fake beard...(speechless)
the one and only starbuck we ever found during the whole trip..it was very comforting to see, in fact
lima coast. almost like santa monica
last meal in Peru. Fusion Peruvian is the best
Presidential Palace Presidential Palace
Inside Presidential Palace
Quito, a beautiful shell without essence
On Equator, in Ecuador
I am crossing the equator!
Visiting the biggest open market in SOuth America. Ovatalo
horse or doney wine holder
selling mostly things for tourists..a big disappointment
Hotel in Quito
On the way to catch the bus to Riobamba
Quito bus station. Fancy!
a lady selling skewers on the buses. they get on and off between the stops and trying anything possible, water, cosmetics, pencils, milk, breakfast...etc
a clown selling chocolate bars. There are only very few old age baggers in Ecuador cuz most of the people work hard to earn their living. I really respect that.
The biggest banana ever!
a boy who is amazed by iphone... cannot stop staring, he looks like vaggeli, too..weird..
cannot find anything to eat so Pizza that is..
At the train station
At the train station of Alausi, Ecuador, ready to begin our trip to Devil's Nose.
too bad the old train does not run anymore...
street in Alausi
does the steering wheel really do something?!
train going through small village and upward
people fixing up the tracks
arriving Sibambe station
train going backwards in order to go down
ok, captain Chen..Vamos~!
a male bug was killed in order to mate
inside bus station
Final moments in Ecuador. On the way to Guayaquil airport to catch the flight back to LA.
Visit the floating islsands of Lake Titicaca. What a tourist trap. But very cute, nevertheless.
Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes.
MP at its best
panoramic view of MP
NYE in Cuzco
Train ride of Devil's Nose...by the cliff..
Hiked back to the top of Colca Canyon
crossing raging water and falling rocks on bus on the way to MP
MP at 7AM
fashion show on the train...