A quick view of Peru via Instagram for #coloursofperu 23


Yesterday I finished my two week tour of the southern half of Peru, done with the luxury tour company Cox & Kings, and today I head back to Europe. I am completely satisfied, but exhausted.

The last few days were spent hiking up and down the stairs of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Wayna Picchu. There are lots of stairs. It is safe to say that I got a heck of a work out — and need a few days to rest and recover from all the activity and excitement of the last few weeks.

My primary focus on this trip was video (my YouTube channel is here and I’d love if you subscribe to it, so you won’t miss any of my upcoming videos). It is going to take me a few weeks to edit up all that material and get it to you, but in the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Instagram photos from my journey.

You can follow along with my Instagram feed here for future photos and I hope you do. Thanks.

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view of Machu Pichu from a spot not many go up to, Huayna Picchu, right next door

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I was incredibly lucky to have Prom Peru set it up so that I could stay in Machu Picchu after it closed for this sunset

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typical vide of Machu Picchu, and a good one

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I took a photo by accident before dinner, liked it, so I framed it up and took it again

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Decending into the Sacred Valley

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taking the boat to the lodge I stayed at in the Amazon

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Cusco’s main square has some of the most beautiful buildings in the country

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I took a TON of time lapse on this trip, including some with my camera attached to the side of a train

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taking the train from Puno to Cusco

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some of the colorful boats on Lake Titikaka

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one of the many weavers on the islands in Lake Titikaka

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Peruvian llama-powered tuk-tuk

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the dancing statues of Chivay

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the terraces of Colca Canyon remind me a big of southern China

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some of the condors of Colca Canyon

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some of the colors of a local market near Colca Canyon

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the Santa Catalina monastery in Arequipa provides loads of color

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I don’t take too many food photos (not one of my skills), but I did the way these tasty scallops came out

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pre-dawn shot of the streets of Lima

This trip was sponsored by Cox & Kings and Prom Peru, but the opinions (and photos and videos) are my own.


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

23 thoughts on “A quick view of Peru via Instagram for #coloursofperu

  • Sam

    We’re still in Arequipa, but haven’t been to Santa Catalina yet! It’s on the agenda for next week. And the pictures of Chivay and the canyon are really making me look forward to visiting once our stay here is up!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      So many great places to go and take photos. Because I do a lot of time lapse for video, I ended up with over 25,000 photos, but even if I wasn’t doing that, I’d have had a couple thousand for sure.

  • Melissa

    The accidental photo is quite beautiful. I love it when great things happen by accident. All the photos are lovely, though.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I have actually learned quite a bit from a variety of accidental photos in my short photography career. That was a fun one, for sure. I wouldn’t have noticed it at all, except when my dinner companion saw it when I was picking up my phone, she said she liked it.

  • Beth

    Really love all your photos… Peru is more colorful than I imagined! (In my head it was mainly green from looking at too many Machu Picchu photos haha)

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Colors of Peru, indeed! It has a lot more variety than what is commonly expected, for sure.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I agree with you on ancient civilizations. There is something so peaceful to me to stand in the ruins of thousands of years ago and just wonder how they lived.

  • Rebecca

    Great pics! Peru is my wish list destination so thanks for the great insight via pics… look forward to seeing the video. Love the train and boat pic

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      It is a wonderful country and so geared towards easy tourism. The southern swing is a great two weeks.

  • Arianwen

    This brings back so many memories. I had such a great time around Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Love the accidental photo of the plate!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Maybe I should just start closing my eyes and taking more random photos. LOL.

      It was my first time in the Lake Titicaca area. Really loved that addition to my Peru knowledge.

  • Maria

    Absolutely beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.
    Loved the photos on your instagram too.

    It’s my dream to travel to Peru. I’m hoping I’ll get there next year.
    I’m hoping I’ll also be able to capture a shot of Machu Picchu with a llama in the foreground 🙂

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I was so happy I got to do that. I will write about it more in the future, but the best part was just the quiet. There was no one else around. Such a unique experience.

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