Tag: Peru

Restos De Punchao

On my way out of town from Huancabamba, while waiting for the colectivo taxi to take me to Pozuzo; I decided to take a quick side trip to see some ruins.  There were a few motorcycle taxi’s nearby and I recognized one gentlemen who had given me a ride to the Hostal the day before.

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Bouncing along the dirt road full of potholes with intermittent shallow streams, on the old bike badly in need of new rear struts or shocks for ten kilometers, one hand gripping a rear tie down bar accumulating vibration fatigue, and the other holding my camera bag, we rolled up on the site. I was thinking what an adventure.

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The site while old turned out to be an aqueduct of sorts, possibly built by the original settlers, or Spanish.  I was told the spring originated far up the mountainside, but the structure visible before me was all that remained of the aqueduct.

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Huancabamba – Pasco, Peru

To travel from Oxapampa to Huancabamba it is necessary to first go to the taxi stand, and hire a driver to take you there.  It’s a fairly short drive winding through the countryside, but there could be delays from road construction, or the occasional cattle drive along the way.

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Below is the main park in the town of Huancabamba.  Following the road around past the gas station (left in the picture) will take you toward Pozuzo.

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An unmanned tourist information center next to the park.

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The little hostal/hotel where I stayed in Huancabamba.  It was very simple, and basic room, with a bed, small tv with just a few channels, and a bathroom with warm water.

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The bodega below the hostal, offering basic food, drink, and hardware supplies.

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A hillside planted with pine trees.  Pine makes the soil acidic and after a couple of plantings, the soil may become useless for farming.

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Huancabamba is a small, simple town as seen below from a distance.  Surrounded by moutains, valleys, lush jungle vegetation, and coffee plants.

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Coffee beans drying in the sun on a sports pad.

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Cage free; free-roaming chickens and roosters abound in the area.

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Taking a walk along the road from Huancabamba to Carolina, I happend upon a colorful butterfly.

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The two parakeets below were someone’s pets, sunning themselves on a ladder.

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Toys 4 Smiles

Posting about giving isn’t something I would normally do, but in order to spread the word about Toys4SmilesLasVegas.org a non-profit 501(c)(3), so I must.  Passing through the airport in Las Vegas on my way to Peru, and time to kill, I spent a few hours at the USO (United Service Organizations) while waiting to check my bags and process through security.

On a shelf, there were wooden toys, stuffed animals, and dolls that were donated for service members by local Las Vegas businesses.  The USO volunteer staff told me to help myself, but I didn’t have much room left in my bags, so I only took one wooden toy.  On Christmas Day, I headed to downtown Lima to cover the protests, and took the beautifuly hand crafted wooden toy with me to give away.

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He was shy and reserved.  I didn’t receive a smile in return, but I figure it’s not a normal occurance to have a gringo approach, and be handed a toy.  Nonetheless, I think he liked it, and should have many years of enjoyment out of it.

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Toys 4 Smiles Las Vegas.Org is in need of donations, weather it be with your time, materials, or cash.

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Machu Picchu limeño – The Machu Picchu of Lima

 

The trip began in Lima, at the ZBUSS terminal, (Zitabus) at Jr. Julian Pineyro 440 – Rimac – Lima. There is also another terminal at Plaza Norte. Cost: Monday –Friday 7 Soles, Saturday-Sunday 8.50 Soles. DNI, Passport required.

After two hours of Jackie Chan fight scenes playing on the bus TV, we rolled into the city of Huaral, located north, in the state of Lima. We took a taxi a short ride near the Mercado (market) where fresh juice, fruit, and water can be purchased. There were several taxi drivers on the sidewalk and haggling over prices, (around 30-35 Soles each person). Luckily we had a couple from Huaral in our group, and they took us to the Tourista Terminal a short walk back down the road. There a couple of vehicles were hired as we had nine people in our group, for 25 Soles each. (Contact info: Jose Rafael P. Claro: 997277583 Movi: 995729290, or 7252578) Jose can haul up to 7 people, 6 comfortable plus gear on top, and can pick up/drop-off at the bus terminal if arranged ahead of time.

XXIV Matsuri AELU 2015 Festival

Yookoso, Bienvenido, Welcome.

This year I attended the 24th annual Matsuri AELU. Matsuri means “Local Festival” in Japanese, and nearly every shrine celebrates its own Matsuri. According to AELU (Asociacion Estadio La Union – Association Union Stadium) land for the club was purchased sometime after WWII, and a community effort ensued for several years to clear the land and build the club. The Japanese colony in Peru began arriving as early as 1800 for various reasons.

During the festival, many different musical talents took to the stage, Karate, Judo, Aikido exhibition, raffles from Air Canada and Delta Airlines for a Lima-Tokyo-Lima flight. Also, an anime orchestra concert, a procession that is an important element of Japanese festivals, in which the local Shrine’s kami (Shinto deity) is carried through the town in mikoshi (a divine palanquins, or portable Shinto shrine). It is the only time of the year when the kami leaves the shrine to be carried around town.

Following the procession, Sake for everyone was passed around. Then the artistic shows began with a traditional dance and eight other dance acts, a special Musical Okinawense and followed up with the grand finale of fireworks. Here are some of the pictures and video, from the event.

 

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Chosica

Much of the winter, and much of the year for that matter, Lima is cloudy and sees little sunshine due to an inversion created by the Andes. If a person needs a dose of natural vitamin D, a short trip north, south or east of Lima is often the ticket to catch some rays of sun.
Chosica is a small town east of Lima, about two and a half hours by public bus for 3.50 Soles. Chosica has a large park as the main square, and there are several smaller parks along the Rimac River. It makes a nice day trip; however there are accommodations for an overnight trip.

Travel Advisory

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The Robbery

I’ve worked, lived and traveled in 30 different countries, and lived in Lima for four years without incident, until Wednesday 8, July 2015. While no place is ever 100% SAFE, there are places safer than others, and in Lima it’s no exception. My intention is not to scare or deter tourism in Lima, only to give advice to tourists on venues not to go, or use extra vigilance when visiting these places.