Some remarkable moments / 1.

Andres Zevallos' painting

I decided to collect my most remarkable moments that I have had so far in Peru, and just jot it down with some pics. So, I’ll do that from time to time, without giving to much background. This will work as a kind of photo diary, so that at the end of my time, I don’t need to take stock of my best experiences from scratch.

So, let’s recall some of them now.

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When we visited the market in Cajamarca, and were amazed by the variety of fruits, vegetables and colours. We ate a local specialty: ceviche made of fresh water fish – they don’t have the coast, but obviously have to have the number 1 Peruvian national dish.

Cajamarca market
Cajamarca market
Cajamarca ceviche
Cajamarca ceviche with papaya juice

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 We were supposed to get a combi at 6am to Cumbemayo, however it never came. While waiting, we found a bakery, so traditional and simple, but in the same time, so special for us Westerners. We got 10 mini-breads for a sol; the freshest we have ever had.

Traditional bakery - Cajamarca
Traditional bakery, found by accident
Traditional bakery - Cajamarca
The freshest bread I’ve ever had

Then, with some disappointment of not being able to catch the combi (so, we needed to pay for an organised tour), we climbed up to the top of Cerro Santa Apolonia, which is in the middle of Cajamarca. This was just after the sunrise. Breath-taking.

Cerro Santa Apolonia - Cajamarca
The Inca on the top of Cerro Santa Apolonia and Cajamarca as the backdrop.

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Just two months after my own wedding, I managed to witness the beginning of a Peruvian church wedding in Cajamarca. I enjoyed my luck and this special moment with some nostalgia.

Peruvian wedding
Peruvian wedding

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When I finally visited Chan Chan I felt thrilled, especially that I knew more about the site (thanks to my lovely book 1491), than the guide – our Peruvian friend. It was just marvellous wandering around in this ancient site after reading about so much.

Me at Chan Chan, ruins of the Chimú capital
Me at Chan Chan, ruins of the Chimú capital

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When I managed to stand on the longboard for quite a long time and enjoyed riding the wave a lot. And my instructor behind me shouted “up and down, up and down” in Spanish.

Me surfing in Huanchaco
One of my first surf classes in Huanchaco

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Finally, I need to mention the exhibition of the Peruvian painter Andres Zevallos, who made me realise again that indigenous artists can depict life in such an incredibly touching way that it’s not know in Europe. (The feature pic is painted by Zevallos.)

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