Peru & Bolivia with Ken Lee

I’ve had my eye on the Andes for a while and now it’s time to explore. Care to join me?

I love big mountains and the Andes are as big as they come in the western hemisphere. I’ve done a little homework but I can’t say for sure exactly what we’ll find there. Machu Picchu is a no-brainer of course. I’m also dying to try my hand at those crazy reflection photos and night photography on the giant salts flats of the Salar de Uyuni (google it). Rainbow Mountain looks awesome too and I know we’ll have some great opportunities to capture some of the indigenous cultures of the Andes. But beyond that, it’s mostly a mystery. That’s what makes it so appealing.

Experience Highlights:
– Incomparable Machu Picchu
– Flamingoes by day and the Milky Way by night on the world’s highest desert and largest salt flats (Salar de Uyuni)
– the seldom visited ‘other side’ of Rainbow Mountain
– Street Photography in La Paz, Cusco & Lima
– Sunrise & Sunset Landscape Photography in the 7 Lakes Valley in heart of the Andes
– Captivating indigenous mountain peoples and cultures

Visit Lima as a nature destination

Story and photographs by Mercedes Benavides

Peru is one of the top 20 mega-diverse countries in the world. Its capital city of Lima contributes to this through its beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. To the west is the Pacific Ocean. On the east is the foot of the rising Andes Mountain Range, and on the north and south is desert. Millions of years ago when the Andes were created gorges formed on the western side of the Andes through which rivers flowed into the Pacific Ocean. Those gorges today are fertile valleys along the coastline of Peru, and it is in one of them, on the alluvial fan of the River Rimac, that the city of Lima is located.

Lima has many natural and man-made nature locations, but here are four of the best. The first is the Zona Reservada Pantanos de Villa, a Ramsar Site, which is designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty. Ramsar Sites are recognized as being of significant value not only for the country or the countries in which they are located, but for humanity as a whole. The Zona Reservada Pantanos de Villa is a coastal wetland and a location for feeding, nesting, rest and safe harbor for resident and migratory birds. Migrants fly in from Chile and Argentina to the south; from the United States and Canada to the north; and from over the Andes to the east. More than 200 bird species exist at this site, and one of them is the Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra), a favorite with nationals and foreign visitors.

Pantanos de Villa

Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant

A second location includes the cliffs of the Costa Verde which are a magnificent site that show the face of the desert and overlook the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading