It’s been a very long time since my ramblings in the Peruvian Andes and I can’t find where I took this photo. What I clearly remember, though, is how totally speechless I felt every time I looked at the mountains, no matter if they were far away or close-by.
While Machu Picchu, with its magic atmosphere, is undoubtedly the most famous sites of the Peruvian Andes, the mountains are an almost ubiquitous backdrop in Peru, often standing out an impossibly blue sky. Granite peaks, white glaciers, green terraces, pristine lakes. And then the people, most of them descendants of the Incas, proud of their origins and enduring an incredibly hard life.
The mighty, beautiful Andes had (and still have) such a huge impact on the culture and the life in Peru that it’s impossible to understand and appreciate this amazing country without admiring and understanding the mountains. Like in Nepal, it’s the Andes that made Peru become such a distinctive place. One that it is hard to forget.