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Colorful People of Peru and Ecuador

By | October 27, 2014

It is tough traveling to Peru and Ecuador and not have Machu Picchu or the Galapagos Islands as the iconic images in your mind. Yes, they are spectacular and well deserving of our attention.  

Machu Picchu, Peru (R. Szaro)
Galapagos, Lava Heron with Lava Lizard (R. Szaro)

But once there you are really struck by the people.  Young and old and everywhere in between you are drawn to these people. From the modern dress to the tribal attire with all their colors the variety is amazing.  

Political Rally, Lima, Peru (R. Szaro)
Colorful Costumes, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)
Colorful Costumes, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)
Tour Participants Relaxing at the Temple of the Sun, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)
School Outing, Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)
Guinea Pig Lunch at a local family, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)
Folk music festival, Cusco, Peru (R. Szaro)

You are captivated by the mix of gleaming towers and colonial architecture in Lima and Quito, enjoy the towns of Chinchero, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Cusco and marvel at the Inca sites.  From festivals and concerts celebrating long held traditions.  Traveling here is a cornucopia of visual delights.

Baking Empanadas, Pisac, Peru. (R. Szaro)
Colorful costumes, Pisac, Peru (R. Szaro)
Ollantaytambo, Peru (R. Szaro)
Chinchero, Peru (R. Szaro)
Weaving Demonstration, Chinchero, Peru (R. Szaro)
Weaving Demonstration, Chinchero, Peru (R. Szaro)
Ceviche Lesson, Quito, Ecuador (R. Szaro)
Scarf Seller (R. Szaro)
Presidential Guard (R. Szaro)
Smithsonian Journeys Group at the Middle of the World, Ecuador (R. Szaro)

The people of Peru and Ecuador are what make it a very special place to visit. Friendly, engaging and interested in where you are from.  They are very colorful both with their dress and with their personalities. It is hard to imagine a more diverse journey from archeological sites, scenic vistas, colorful homes, and local crafts.

Want to learn more about this fabulous trip? Check out our Machu Picchu and the Galápagos trip!

Ecuador Peru

Bob Szaro

Bob Szaro grew up fascinated by nature and started bird-watching while in grade school. His love of birds has led to travels and research around the world including many trips to Central and South America. His passion for different cultures, natural history and photography has led to his exploring the variety of landscapes found in Costa Rica starting in 1982 from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the dry forests of Guanacaste. Bob retired in 2008 as Chief Scientist for Biology for the US Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Bob received a Dual Bachelors Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Texas A&M University (1970), a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Florida (1972), and a Doctoral Degree in Ecology from Northern Arizona University (1976). He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University (1993). Bob currently serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution on biodiversity, climate change, and tiger conservation.

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