Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #30: Unexpected (Enchanting Peru 5)

This week Ann-Christine hosts Unexpected for Lens Artists Photo Challenge, “My post hopefully will contain something you would not expect from me!” It was unexpected and such a fun post.

On a sunny morning, our tour bus stopped at a very low-key, but picturesque village in Peru, we looked around and didn’t know what to expect.

Off the bus, our tour guide introduced this beautiful chapel: “This Baroque church was built during the 16th century. When you walk in you’ll know what made the church so famous.”

Inside was an eye-popping kaleidoscope–a dazzling display of colorful murals, a painted ceiling and an ornate gold-leaf altar. So very unexpected.

The Saint Peter the Apostle Church of Andahuaylill has earned the name of “The Sistine Chapel of the Andes.”

No photos were allowed inside. These two photos below are from Google Images.

After visiting the Saint Peter the Apostle Church of Andahuaylillas, our tour bus began climbing up and up…

Now we are at the Abra la Raya. It is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.350m (14,271ft) above the sea level.

The scenic drive was unexpected.


A few days ago, I took look through the WP traffic analysis and saw some interesting and unexpected results.

Among 30 Lens-Artists Photo Challenge posts and other posts so far, The “My Travels” post is listed as the most popular post based on the numbers of views.

next was the “Curve“.

As you may have noticed, my blog topics incline to the beauty of nature and my travels. So it’s a surprise to see my two book reviews are ranked next to my popular Lens-Artists posts according to WP’s report; one is And the Mountains Echoed and the other Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

One of my favorite quotes in the “And the Mountains Echoed“: “They say, find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.” — Khaled Hosseini (author)

The last part (scene) of the “Beneath a Scarlet Sky”:

Then at last he took off his glasses the sun was setting, casting the lake in coppers and golds. He wiped away tears and put his glasses back on…. “ Forgive an old man his memories,” Pino said, “Some loves never die.” ‘ He was 89 years old.   — Mark Sullivan (author)

The story began in Dolomite (Italy Alps) when Pino was only 18 years old.

Many thanks to my blog friends and followers for your support. 🙂

“Did something totally unexpected happen today? Did you meet someone unexpected at the grocery store, or did you find something in an unexpected place …or, maybe You are up to something unexpected?” Join us and share your photos and stories.

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61 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #30: Unexpected (Enchanting Peru 5)

  1. Wonderful Peru! What a spectacular and unexpected interior of that church – no photos allowed. That is in fact rather good, even if we maybe don’t like it. It is an advantage for taking in the beauty when you are there. The scenic drive look really spectacular too – love the great mountain sceneries.

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    • It was good, I agree. I felt free to wander around to appreciate the details in the chapel. The scenic drive was great, but I was half awake and fought to get focus to take some photos due to the high altitudes. Well, more than half of 19 travelers were asleep on the bus.


      • The thin air certainly is exhausting, I agree. I remember staying in bed the first half day. The hotel had a very steep walk up and I walked it at a normal pace, which was not that good for me. One lady in our group passed out for days- she had only one lung. Not very wise to go to such high altitudes…


  2. love the blue from Peru- and the wares for sale in that mountain shot at Abra la Raya was so striking to see the human items next to the vast terrain.
    The quotes were enjoyable too – I could especially relate to the first one “only after you have lived…” because this is why i do not wish to go back to a certain time or place – I know that I needed to “live” and learn things and we make decisions in real time with who we are then. Helps with contentment.
    Oh and that church did have an unexpected interior – wow to the details – thx for sharing


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  4. Beautiful post–both the images and words! I love the quote from Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I’ll have to take a look at it on Amazon. Your description and images of Peru have now intrigued me so much that I’ve moved it up on my “To Go” list! Stunning.


  5. A splendid post, it transmits so well that sense of unexpectedness when traveling and we happen to see or find spots or things we had not thought of or imagined much while planning the trip. And the pass, so high up in the mountains… unbelievable! The scenery there must be… beyond breathtaking! Thank you for such an invigorating tour, Amy, up in the Peruvian skyscape. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Nicole for your compliment. It means a lot to me. You are right, every we saw during the trip was beyond our imagination while planning. The scenery there was a breathtaking and the village was surrounded by these mountains. Unbelievable…. Thank you again for taking time to comment. I’m so glad I could share this series with you. 🙂

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  7. Oh my goodness! This post is exceptional, Amy! The breathtaking scenes and that church! WOW!! Peru in my mind is not a very prosperous country yet that church says otherwise. Incredible! I also had no idea you had books written and for that I truly congratulate you!! Brava!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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