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.
– 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
Grand view of ancient Machu Picchu, last refuge of the vanished Inca civilization in the Andes Mountains, Peru.
Story and Photos by Jerry Ginsberg
Peru is perhaps the most fascinating country in all of South America. Considering the many wonderful sights, both natural and cultural, to be found on this vast continent, that’s saying a whole lot. You will find a great deal of diversity here. From the arid lands of its long Pacific Coastal area to the snow-capped summits of the sharply carved Andes, there is something here for everyone.
Manú Road is a leading birding route that begins in the city of Cusco, in what was the capital of the Inca Empire, and journeys through deep valleys, lakes and mountains all the way into the rainforest, deep in the Manú National Park of Peru. One could even think of traveling this road as a pilgrimage: while there is one starting point and one direction, there are many paths along the way and plenty of stops to admire the breadth of avifauna and flora amidst dramatic settings as one travels up and over the Andes Mountain Range down to the Amazonian plain, all of which make Manú Road a spiritual experience for sure. As one of the top ten mega-diverse countries in the world, Peru holds the second spot in number of bird species at over 1,800, and is within the top five spots in amphibians, mammals and plants. Manú Road is representative of this biodiversity.