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SALAVERRY, PERU

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A Peruvian dog seems to be guarding the Temple of the Moon, built by the Mochica civilization 2000 years ago.

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This is the Mochica’s god of the mountains.

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This site was just discovered in the 1980’s, so much more excavation needs to be done, if funding can be found. Mochicas built temples on top of temples in perhaps 8 to 11 layers. It is estimated that 50 million adobe bricks may have been used in the construction.

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Looking from the Temple of the Moon to the Temple of the Sun (which is comparable in size to the pyramids in Saqqara Egypt) you can see the remains of the ancient city.

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Hästa gets a close-up look at mud bricks.

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The magnificent façade at the entrance of the Temple of the Moon has been almost fully excavated.

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We left the Mochica excavations, traveling through a poor area of present day Peru and on to the scene of our next history lesson – the pre-Incan Chimu Nation’s capital city, Chan Chan.

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The world’s largest “mud city”, Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America, built by the Chimu people around 850 AD. Here I stand, helping to guard the king’s high place.

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Pelicans in poses and the X-shapes of fish nets decorate the sacred rooms in a palace where tribute offerings were brought.

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The Chimu nation was overthrown by the Incas in 1470 AD, but it was once home to perhaps 100,000 people – Oh, one got away!

Posted by Swenigale 14:11 Archived in Peru

CALLAO, PERU - DAY 1 AND 2


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The seaport for Lima, Peru is the city of Callao. We were docked here for three days. Having this dredger working beside our ship the whole time gave rise to lots of speculation - mostly nervous laughter along the lines of "I hope we don't get stuck in the mud. Ha ha ha".

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We can show you the video, too!

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Really!

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On the first day we took advantage of pier-side shopping. Nothing made in China here!

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On Saturday we took the ship's shuttle bus for the 40 minute drive into Lima. Had a double-take moment with this billboard!

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We were told that safety and security have improved greatly since the days of Shining Path terrorism of the 80's and 90's. However, bars and fences and walls are still used everywhere.

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Silver, worked in delicate filigree, to make a - tank!

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More shopping in Lima - lovely products all made of Llama wool.

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We weren't the only ones shopping!

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Sea smoke (or fog) is a daily event along the coast in Lima. There is extremely high humidity and virtually no rainfall. We were told that there are lovely views to the sea when the fog clears.

Posted by Swenigale 12:46 Archived in Peru

LIMA, PERU

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Our guided tour into Lima started in the foggy harbor, but we found clear weather as we arrived in the city. We were able to get a glimpse into the Spanish past in the beautiful old buildings.

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- in this case, now used as apartments.

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Plaza Mayor was designated by Francisco Pizarro as his original center of government.

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The San Francisco Monastery with its beautiful sculptures was a short walk away

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This is Love Park, where each Valentine's Day a contest is held for the longest kiss. The record? Three hours and fifty minutes!

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Today was Sunday and the worship service would be held later on the ship, at 5:15. What a nice coincidence that the day we visited Love Park we would be hearing a reading from 1st Corinthians 13 - St. Paul's explanation of the importance of love.

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And of course, just to make the visit complete, a bride and groom were also in the park.

Posted by Swenigale 14:21 Archived in Peru

GEN. SAN MARTIN / PISCO, PERU - Part 1


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The 2nd segment of the "World Cruise" had started in Lima. Our port today, General San Martin, was a real eye-opener! I had no idea that the western coast of Peru is one of the driest deserts on earth!

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Crystal Serenity cozies up to a scrap iron ship, also registered in Nassau.

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We boarded an open-air motor boat that would take us through this bay where General San Martin landed with his troops, eventually marching into Lima and declaring independence from Spain in 1821. This petroglyph, of indeterminate age, is a mystery from the distant past carved into a desert hillside just at the entrance to the bay.

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Our destination was a 3 island archipelago, a wildlife refuge. We motored under hundreds of Peruvian Boobies, plummeting into the water as they dove for food.

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The Humboldt Current flows north along the coast, bringing cool, nutrient-rich water. These these islands provide nesting places and havens for 150 species of marine birds -

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- and Sea Lions.

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Humboldt penguins observe the noisy goings-on of the sea lions, the males roaring territorial claims and the pups squealing.

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Every rocky beach was covered with sea lions, the males fighting for their bit of sand and the pups and females all jumbled together.

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This experience was spectacular - and an absolute highlight of our cruise thus far! Stay tuned for more pictures from this amazing experience!

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Posted by Swenigale 18:41 Archived in Peru

GEN. SAN MARTIN / PISCO, PERU - Part 2


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Pictures from our visit to the Nature Sanctuary have spilled onto a second page.

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This Peruvian Vulture found a rare empty piece of rock.

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Guano is collected and exported because it is such a good fertilizer.

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The downy feathers of young birds are still clinging to these juvenile Boobies (which are a form of Gannett).

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Sea Lions are a lazy lot. They don't even need to eat every day - unlike cruise ship travelers!

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These Cormorants are the most productive guano producers.

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Even Pelicans can be beautiful.

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The salt piles onshore are waiting to be shipped to Canada and other places with icy roads.

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As we prepared to set sail the scrap metal ship started to unload into the waiting trucks. We sailed in the evening, starting the 1000 plus mile journey (which takes two days at sea) to our next port of call.

Posted by Swenigale 09:46 Archived in Peru

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