Dianne and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by going to Peru returning home a mere week ago. This was the first ‘organized’ trip we have taken and joined 6 other couples and Jean Iron, an experienced and knowledgeable leader with Quest Nature Tours which is a Canadian company based in Toronto. Peru was never on our radar as a place to explore and vacation but we are very thankful that we did go. The organized tour experience took care of every travel consideration, most of which we normally have to plan carefully for and well in advance, such as accommodation and transportation. We stayed at exceptional hotels, ate well and moved about the country with ease. I was also concerned about carrying my extensive camera gear about but that turned out to be a non-issue as well and as a result I was able to capture some memorable images including landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and of course, birds. The only downside of an organized tour from a photography perspective is that you are seemingly always on the move and there really isn’t much time to plan shots around sunrise or sunset so it is a matter of trying to capture what you can while you can. This changed a bit during other parts of the trip.
I have many highlights and images to share from our trip and will publish a number of posts in order to accomplish this. First up is the first day we spent in Lima, the capital city of Peru. Across the street from our hotel, the Sonesta El Olivar, is a large park called Bosque El Olivar. After our late night arrival, it was the perfect place to go for a walk and recuperate from the 9 hour flight. I ended up going back to the hotel twice to get bigger lenses so I could take photos of the birds that were there. First up, was a life-bird that I hoped to see at some point in the future and expected only to see in the south-west US, the Vermillion Flycatcher.
The bird that made me go back to get the ‘big’ lens, was the Peruvian Pygmy Owl. One of our group members spied it roosting quietly in a large tree, what a find!
The next photo gallery is a collection of the rest of the birds we saw that afternoon.
Later that day, we explored Lima in our mini-coach taking in sights in the mega-city of 9 million residents. We we told that the sun doesn’t shine very often in Lima during the time of the year that we were visiting and has persistent low clouds and mist from May to November. Lima has beautiful parks alongside the Pacific Ocean and we stopped briefly at Parque del Amor which is in the beautiful Miraflores district. We also explored the city centre which included the Government Palace, the Cathredral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco which are shown in following photos.
To end our first day in Peru, we enjoyed a dinner show at the Junius restaurant which presented the magic of the unique folklore through a variety of dances. The following images were taken with a 5DMKIII @ ISO 25600 without flash.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to have the next installment in a week or so.