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.
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.
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.”