With Austin and Raul at Machu Picchu this week. It was another beautiful
day in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
In the cocina of the Ramos. We enjoyed rocoto rellenos, chupes de
camerones, chicharones, pastel de papas and a few more dishes.
El Misti towers in the background of Arequipa. We were allowed to climb
to the roof of the main cathedral and take this photo near the bell tower. El
Misti is almost 20,000 feet in elevation. Its last eruption was in 1985
The Main Cathedral of Arequipa. Construction started
when the city was founded in1540 and has been ongoing
as earthquakes as recent as 2001 destroyed portions of the
bell towers and damaged the building.
Known as the "Momia Juanita" to Peruvians, she was discovered on Mt.
Ampato in 1995. She was between 11 and 15 years of age when sacrificed.
Time Magazine named her as one of the ten most important scientific
discoveries in the world.
National Geographic Explorer in residence Dr. Johan
Reinhard on the summit of Mt. Llullaillaco in the
Argentine Andes. From this location the very best and
most intact mummies were recovered.
The ice maiden of Argentine Andes, known as "La Doncella" appears to be
only asleep. She is the best preserved of any mummified remains recovered
anywhere in the world.
The double jammed doorway leads from a very special
location in Machu Picchu, likely it was used by the Sun
Virgins or Aclla. They would learn the skills of making
textiles, cooking, weaving clothing for the emperor, and
serving in the temples.
|Dr. Reinhard and the Ice Maiden Juanita atop Mt. Ampato|