Every face tells a story – PERU portraits

Peruvians are known for their genial warmth and hospitality.

Peru today has a mixed population but is still predominantly ‘Amerindian’ (indigenous American indians).  There are many ‘mestizos’ (mixed Amerindian-Spanish/European) but less so in the Andean highlands, away from the capital, Lima.  And also a significant Asian (Japanese, Chinese) population or mixed ethnicity.

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Blas Cocina restaurant, Arequipa

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Arequipa

The Inca empire (15-16th Centuries) was the most recent historic indigenous unification, centred around the Andean mountain city of Cusco, before the Spanish conquest in 1532.

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Colca Canyon

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Colca Canyon

Many Peruvians still consider Incan culture as their heritage.

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Colca Canyon

Peru is a beautiful land with geography ranging from Pacific sea coast to Amazon rain-forest. From sea level to Andean mountain plateaus up at 6,000 metres. Much of Peru is over 2,000 metres in altitude.

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Mundo Alpaca, Arequipa

Peru is blessed with abundant food choices – sea-foods, river fish, meats of many sorts (chicken, alpaca, guinea pig….. ), tropical fruits, innumerable varieties of potatoes and corn and of course, quinoa (chisoya mama – “mother of all grains“).

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Puno

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Hatunpa restaurant, Arequipa.

( All images captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkI or MkII camera, with a 17mm F1.8 or 45mm F1.8 lens. )

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