Independent Condors

Last year I visited Peru, one of my favorite countries.

I stayed in Cusco, city of the Incas.  I had visited Cusco a few times before and had already seen Machu Picchu.  This time I was there for the Peruvian Day of Independence celebrations.  There were lots of different military forces around.

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Some of them were tasked with the important task of securing ATMs.IMG_16003

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The police cracked down on a potential wookie uprising. IMG_16023

I also visited Arequipa, which is near to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world and a good place to spot Andean condors.

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Arequipa is also home to Juanita, the ice maiden, the world’s most famous non-Egyptian mummy. The frozen body of a sacrificed Incan girl was found in 1995 after it was dislodged following a volcanic eruption. It is one of the best-preserved pre-Conquest bodies ever found. While he was president, Bill Clinton commented on Juanita, “If I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That’s a good-looking mummy. That mummy looks better than I do on my worst days, I’m telling you.”

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One comment on “Independent Condors
  1. Janet says:

    If I was that mummy I’d say ‘NO’ to Bill Clinton

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