In pictures: meet the people of Peru

written by Kiki Deere
updated 5/29/2019
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Rough Guides writer and photographer Kiki Deere shares with us some pictures of Peru

from her latest research trip across the country.

“My research for the new edition of the Rough Guide to Peru

took me to remote corners of the country, from the little explored Cotahuasi Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, to isolated llama-herding communities in the Andes.

In small mountainous villages life hasn’t changed in centuries and pre-Spanish traditions remain very much alive. I learned about the ancient Andean tradition of making pachamanca (Quechua for “earth oven” or “earth pot”). An oven is built of stones heated with wood fire; vegetables and meat are placed underground with banana leaves and grass, covered in a mound of soil and cooked for about an hour or so.

In the Andes, night temperatures hover around 0°C, while during the day the scorching sun beats down relentlessly. Life here is hard, based on subsistence agriculture and pastoralism. Yet, it was here I met some of the country’s most hospitable people, who greeted me with open arms.

With a rich heritage of elaborate textile designs and intricate weaving techniques, the peoples of the Andes don beautiful traditional dress that explode with colours, enthusiastically celebrate local fiestas and follow traditions that can be traced back centuries.”

Woman leading a llama along the streets of Cusco

Unwinding to the sound of music in Plazoleta San Blas, Cusco

Two women at a local fiesta in Chivay, Colca Valley

An early evening stroll in Cabanaconde, Colca Canyon

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A little girl high up in the Andes

Two local guides in traditional dress in the Andes

A little girl with chapped cheeks in the Andes

A woman dances at a local fiesta in Arequipa

Making pachamanca (baked meat and vegetables)

Vegetable seller in Pisac market

Mid-morning snack in the little town of Pisac, Sacred Valley

A woman sits outside a church in Puno, Lake Titicaca

Newspaper stand in front of some Inca stonework, Cusco

A woman looks pensive in the remote town of Cotahuasi, Cotahuasi Canyon

An arriero (mule driver) leading his mule through the Andes

A woman sits on the steps of Puno Cathedral

Wedding celebrations in the town of Chinchero, Sacred Valley

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written by Kiki Deere
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Raised bilingually in London and Turin, Kiki Deere is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has seen her work published in a number of magazines and UK broadsheets, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Lonely Planet online. She has completed numerous guidebook writing assignments for Rough Guides that have taken her to far-flung corners of the globe, from the Brazilian Amazon to the remotest province of the Philippines. Follow her @kikideere on Instagram and Twitter.

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