A Peruvian Wedding – A Busman’s holiday

The main Plaza, Puno, Peru. The time: 17:48. I’m killing time waiting for the sky to darken and the square to light up, a twilight shot of this location is planned. I come across this raucous wedding celebration outside the cathedral. It is pulling people in, one can’t help but go and watch.

A Mariachi band plays as the couple dance with their relatives, I watch for a little while then find myself unzipping the camera bag. Didn’t think my first wedding of the year would be until April!

Instinctively I’m moving ahead of the couple as they begin to exit the scene, getting in position for the money shot of the two lovers and Cathedral behind, not even thinking about it. I don’t know why I’ve started covering it – the couple must be wandering who I am as they edge down the steps towards their waiting carriage. The Mariachi band keeps playing as the couple depart.

Next stop – Bolivia…

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Peruvian wedding with Mariachi Band, Plaza de Armas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Wonders of the World #1 Machu Picchu, Peru (Day 9 & 10)

Like a beacon this lost citadel rises from the clouds. Wayna Picchu stands majestically above it and the Urubamba river flows beneath. We left the hotel in Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu) at 4.30am to begin the … Continue reading

Day Seven – Deeper into the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo Peru 16-01-2014

As the Spaniards invaded Peru 500 years ago they pushed the Inca’s deeper into the sacred valley, west from Cusco. The Inca rebels set up base and fortifications at the perfect location in Ollantaytambo – with its steep cliffs around the river valley it was a tough place to assault, as the Spanish conquistadors found out when they arrived in the town to be met from all sides with a hail of spears and arrows. We found a more subdued welcome upon arrival in the sleepy village square. For many this is a quick stop before boarding a train to Machu Picchu, or beginning a trek, but it well worth spending a night or two here, enjoying the cobbled traditional Inca town layout, the gushing river, the village market and of course Incan ruins remaining on the steep hillsides.

Las Salinas (Salt Pans), Sacred Valley, Peru

Las Salinas (Salt Pans), Sacred Valley, Peru

Las Salinas (Salt Pans), Sacred Valley, Peru

We hired a taxi to pick us up from the Hotel (Sol) at 5am to get out to the Salinas (Salt Pans) for dawn, the trouble with being in this part of the world in January is that despite it being their summer there are a lot of overcast days. Frustrating but I will trade a week of them for one good session at Machu Picchu at the weekend…

I met Josephina in the small marketplace in Ollantaytambo, she was sitting with her family at their stall, the picture below is of her sister Edgar. (Both shot with a Nikon 135mm f/2 Prime lens at f/2.8.)

Portrait of Edgar, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Portrait of Edgar, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Portrait of Josephina in traditional dress, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Portrait of Josephina in traditional dress, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Street scene, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Street scene, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Day Six – The Sacred Valley, Peru 15-01-2014

Another 4:45am alarm bell goes off, the destination – the same as yesterday at dusk, hoping to get some clearer light to do justice to the spectacular sight of the Pisac Ruins. 25 Sols pays for a taxi one way … Continue reading