Lens Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels (Enchanting Peru 4)

Some of us choose our travel designations based on the iconic nature of the place. My trip to Peru was no exception.

Like most travelers who visit Peru, we fell in love with Machu Picchu long before deciding to take the trip. And, when we planned the trip with our friends, we called it the Machu Picchu trip despite the fact we had less than a day there.

Here is a Peruvian music for you to enjoy. It’s called the “Lost Tribes”. The flute music tells the history slowly and beautifully (it may take a few seconds to start after you click).


During and after the trip, I fell in love with the land, mountains, people, and culture.

We met many hard-working, proud, and happy Peruvians.

We were told that homeless people are almost nonexistent in Peru because when a person is in financial need or has a health problem, people in the village will offer help and care, which is almost the same social culture in many countries in Asia.

Below is a tradition family celebration. First a designated family member gathers and arranges seeds, leaves, oil, etc. from the field, then wraps them up carefully before burning them. This celebration symbolizes the life cycle of people and nature.

Many houses reserve a place for the family to remember their ancestors.

The house is not complete without placing an ornament on top of the roof for blessing.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

–Ibu Battuta

But, travel is not always pretty. As we know weather is not within our control and can surprise us. Also things do happen, like it or not. They can be unexpected and disappointing.

Our last part of this trip was flying to Lima, from there we were going to connect with a flight back to Miami. At the airport, we were told there would be a delay due to a mechanical problem, which ended in a 5-hour delay. Because it was a small airport passengers had to go outside to buy food. Everyone in our travel group was supportive, we entertained one another with our stories, which made the long waiting a little shorter.

When we finally got on the plane, after settling down, N was showing her anxiety and began to cry. She had some concerns about the flight due to the long delay. Hubby and I took turn to comfort her. Luckily, the flight was smooth and short. By the time we were flying back to Miami, N was telling me her travel plan for 2019.

My friend J who overcame her worries from day one and hiked all of the ups and downs throughout the trip without asking for help or complaining. H had problem to keep his balance, but he doesn’t give up, and did his best to keep up with us. Weeks later after the trip, we still talk about this adventure. We know in our heart that “it leaves marks on our memory”.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you.

It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

— Anthony Bourdain

It is a privilege to host this theme for the first week of 2019. It has been a great pleasure working with Tina, Patti, and Ann-Christine for our Lens-Artists Photo Challenges. They are remarkable photographers and writers. Each week, it leaves beautiful marks on my blog journey.

Thank you very much, my blog friends and followers for your support. Together we have cultivated a community to which we can all belong. Through your beautiful photos and stories, we share laughter and smiles… in the blogosphere.

This week, I look forward to reading about your travels and seeing your photos. Don’t forget to tag “Lens-Artists”, so reviews can locate your post.

Stayed tuned for Tina’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge next week.


Have you seen these?

Perpetua’s A Filtered Year. “Photography is life through a filter. They say what you see is what you get. Is that true?” She asked. Then, she began her moving stories.

Debbie takes us from Tanzania, to London, Tokyo,…  to Oman.

Ramblingrange takes us to National Parks and Alaska,

Happy Travels!

173 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels (Enchanting Peru 4)

  1. Amy, thank you for posting Peru as the first L-A series for 2019. Your shots make me long to visit Peru sooner than later. I am thinking of tagging along with my sister this year for her ministry work in Peru. Also, what an honor in linking my last L-A post. Perpetua p.s. Love the background music.

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    • Thank you for your stories, beautifully written, Perpetua! My pleasure.
      I’m happy you are going to visit Peru with your sister. I agree, sooner than later. 🙂 🙂


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    • So sorry it music didn’t load. It did take me 10 second to get it stared to play. I couldn’t tell what went wrong at your end, it looks like a couple of readers loaded.
      Now I envy you after reading your travels. 🙂 Stunning shots of the places you have been.


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  10. The Machu Picchu trip sounded amazing, Amy. Lovely to hear everyone enjoyed themselves and were there for each other. Beautiful snaps. Lovely to see the Photography Challenge going this year again, and looking forward to following along 🙂

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing your travels, Nicole. They are beautifully captured via your lens.
    I appreciate you taking time to listen to the music and leaving comment. 🙂


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  16. Amy, your photos are so clear and bright and sharp! What a fantastic destination. There definitely is a mystique and draw towards Peru. I think in part it is just so beautifully colorful! I’ve known a few people to share the adventure and each one raves! I look forward to what more you’ll share this year!

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    • Thank you, Debra. I, too, can see why Peru has become a popular tourist destination. Later, I will make a post for Machu Picchu. I appreciate your never-ending support! 🙂


    • Since you are a serious hiker, I have no doubt you are attracted by this mountain. I captured it when we were at 14,000 ft above sea level. This one is magnificent, due to the shapes and colors. During hours of driving up to Titikaka Lake, I didn’t see another similar to this mountain.


      • Most of my photos probably mislead you to think that I’m a serious hiker! I actually dislike hiking. Lazy and weak. But wifey likes it and I have no choice but to go along, haha. My only motivation is the chance to take photos. So when I praise your photo, it is not so much of my attraction to the mountains but rather my appreciation of your art : )

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        • Realy!? I’m so surprised, Jeremy. I did some hiking because I had to go along with hubby. 🙂 I love mountains, this one is awesome. Appreciate your compliment 🙂
          Thank you for your B&W series. Remarkable, indeed.


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    • Thank you, Lisa! S. America is a culture rich country and we really enjoyed their landscape. Glad you liked the music. there are many flute music to choose, somehow I think it one fits a little better.


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  26. Amy, I was so taken away by this post. Amazing pictures and the music …. touched my soul. How fortunate you are to be able to travel. After reading your post, my Heart would love to see the rest of the world understand togetherness and respect like the Peruvians. What an excellent post! Thank you so much for putting it together for us. I SO enjoyed this! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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    • I appreciate you spending time here, it’s a rather lengthy post. So glad you enjoy it. Peru’s landscape is so different, but beautiful. People had been under the brutal control of Spain for so long… yet they stand tall to preserve their own culture and history, and ordinary people, young and old, work so hard to earn money to live.

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    • We finally made it because hubby insisted. I though it’d be hard to deal with the high altitude and hiking…
      I enjoyed reading your travel memories and great photos, Pauline. You have been many beautiful places. 🙂

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