Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bolivia: Open-Air Market (1)

To end our exploration of the streets of La Paz on the first day of our tour, we walked through a large and colorful open-air market. To avoid overload, I'll divide the photos into three posts.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bolivia: Plaza Murillo in La Paz

Despite (or because of) its large population of pigeons, Plaza Murillo is a favorite gathering place.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bolivia: Quiet Scenes in La Paz

A miscellany of places that caught my eye as we walked through neighborhoods of La Paz.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bolivia: Government Buildings in La Paz

Two views of Parliament, the President's Palace, and the front of a nearby church. One can only imaging the panic such an unattended red suitcase would cause in the USA or Europe. Here in Bolivia, no one seemed to pay it any notice.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bolivia: Scenes in El Alto

Vendors, a monument, and a couple of friends are seen near the "Yellow" aerial tramway station.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bolivia: Views of La Paz from El Alto

From El Alto, one can look down into La Paz, which lies in a deep bowl formed by the Choqueyapu River.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bolivia: Aerial Tram between La Paz and El Alto

We began Day 1 of our Wilderness Travel tour of Bolivia with a ride on the excellent aerial tramway system connecting La Paz (ca. 12,000 ft altitude) with the even larger and higher El Alto (ca. 13,600 ft) where most of the indigenous people live and where the airport is located.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lima, Peru: Nazca Exhibit at MALI

The Nazca civilization, which predated the Incas by about half a millenium, is known to most of us (if at all) for the Nazca Lines, a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. But there was much more, as evidenced by a splendid exhibition of ceramics and textiles at MALI (Museo de Arte de Lima).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lima, Peru: Church Exterior and Interior

Ornate detail, both inside and out, is characteristics of the Spanish Baroque style of colonial churches.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lima, Peru: Street Scenes

One of the main pedestrian malls in downtown Lima was filled with a variety of colorful scenes. Here's a sample: including, at the end, one of a large number of "stationary mime" exhibits.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lima, Peru: Church of San Francisco

For the past two weeks we were in in Bolivia, on a wonderful Wilderness Travel tour. To begin the tour, we had to fly from Portland to Atlanta and then to Lima, Peru, where we spent a day (June 28, 2017) before flying to La Paz. This and the next three posts will show scenes from our wanderings around downtown Lima.

These photos show the impressive main door of the Church of San Francisco, schoolchildren in blue uniforms, and worshippers with flowers lined up on a special festival day.