Images of Peru

Photographs of travels in Peru in 1981, 2006 and 2007

By Barry D. Kass

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Textiles displaying traditional Peruvian motifs, market at Pisac

Potatos for sale, market at Pisac. The white potato, now widely consumed around the world as a staple food source, was first domesticated by the mountain people of the Andes around 4-3000 B.C., long before the Incas.

Preserved mummy, Paracas culture, coast of Peru, circa 300 BC-300 AD.
Photo taken in the National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Lima

Evening street festival, town of Aguas Calientes, Urubamba valley. The festival was in honor of one of the patron Catholic saints of the town.

Festival whip dancer. The dancer was actually whipping certain people in the crowd, perhaps those who had behaved badly in some way according to the customs of the townsfolk.

Roast guinea pig for dinner. Guinea pig has been one of the meat staples of the mountain people for many centuries, and is considered a real delicacy. In my opinion, it tastes just like chicken.

Making traditional adobe mud bricks, in the Urubamba valley. Both workers were chewing wads of coca leaves, which in leaf form is a mild narcotic enabling the people of the mountains to work their arduous tasks under high altitude, thin oxygen conditions. The use of the leaf is legal and widespread and is an ancient practice of the Andean people.

Soccer played in the high Andes, town of Urubamba. Soccer is undoubtedly the most popular sport of the world, and is played everywhere throughout Peru, wherever young men congregate for sports.

Soccer played in a jungle clearing near the Tambopata River, Amazon region of Peru

Plow agriculture, village of Ollantaytambo, Urubamba valley, Andes Mts. Traditional plow agriculture, still practiced in developing regions of the world such as Latin America, is gradually giving way to more advanced, mechanized forms of agriculture as the forces of the Industrial revolution transform societies everywhere.

Mural over the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, Conqueror of the Incas, the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, Lima. The mural celebrates the arrival of Pizarro and his conquistadores along the coast of Peru, and the first contact with the natives.

The tomb of Pizarro in the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, Lima