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People and costumes of Peru: A Photo Essay

March 26, 2010

Peru, Young Musicians. Photo by Simon

Peru is an amazing country for culture, variety, colors, handicrafts and people. I was so fascinated by their traditional costumes, an important part of Peruvian culture as they mark the differences between regional areas and how influences melted over time.

Peru, Women in Costume at Market. Photo by Simon

The market is one of the most interesting place for observing people. Here my eyes were caught by the lovely big hats and the awesome decorations on the sleeves.

Peru, Dancers. Photo by Simon

In the Colca Valley, I stepped in this group of dancers wearing amazing traditional costumes with wonderful colorful embroideries.

Peru, Portrait of dancer. Photo by Simon

Despite being a poor country, Peru distinguishes itself for its fine handicrafts, first of all textiles.

Peru, Lovely Little Dancer. Photo by Simon

A lovely little dancer waiving at me…


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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2010 10:31 am

    wow simon! I am speechless! gorgeoussss 🙂

    (i wanna go)

  2. waitinginthedark permalink*
    March 26, 2010 11:00 am

    Hey Ciki, thanks! That’s just the beginning 🙂 Have lots more photos…

  3. March 26, 2010 11:06 pm

    These are beautiful pictures. Thanks.

  4. March 27, 2010 4:15 am

    Beautiful! We just loved Peru when we visited and are looking forward to going back in the next few years. One of the main things I remember is the vivid colours of their traditional dress. This brings back wonderful memories. P.S. I love that widget you have for wikipedia. I was interested in the Coco Valley and when I hovered over it, you told me all about it! We just may have to copy you and add this to our blog, it is excellent!

  5. March 27, 2010 1:26 pm

    Thanks for the post.

    Aymara, a reader from New Zeland

  6. March 27, 2010 10:13 pm

    Beautiful photos, did you have any problems with people being comfortable having their photo taken?

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 27, 2010 11:09 pm

      Well yes, most of the times people do not like being photographed (which I understand, since I feel the same…). I try to take photos without people noticing it. Anyway, I believe one should be respectful thus when people are not feeling comfortable I just avoid taking photos.

  7. March 27, 2010 10:49 pm

    Great Pictures, but they are not costumes hahaha just traditional wear.

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 27, 2010 11:05 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, indeed you’re right at point out that it would be better calling them ‘traditional costumes’. Still have to improve my English… 🙂

  8. JennaFrancisco permalink
    March 28, 2010 5:48 am

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs, and I look forward to seeing more of your photos from Peru since I’m thinking about going there this summer. Do you think it would be easy to travel there with a toddler?
    By the way, I realized recently that you were the first person who responded to my question to the New York Times about traveling to Italy with a toddler. I submitted the question in January, and I recently went back and read the replies and saw your reply.

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 28, 2010 2:25 pm

      Hi Jenna,
      yes, I remember having replied to your question on the New York Times. I hope the answer was a little useful…
      Regarding visiting Peru with a toddler, I’m afraid that would be a bit of a challenge. The country is beautiful but getting around implies long hours in a jeep or a bus and the standard of accommodations and hygienic conditions is not comparable to the one you can find in the US or in Europe. Most important, in my opinion, is the risk of sickness due to the altitude. So far, I’ve been lucky and never suffered mountain sickness, but I saw people affected and it was utmost unpleasant. Independently from practical organization of such a trip maybe you should ask your pediatrician for advice.

  9. JennaFrancisco permalink
    March 29, 2010 6:59 am

    Thank you so much for the warnings. I would not have thought of those things but I know little about Peru. We were thinking of going there because we go to Brazil every year and thought Peru would be a good place to stop on the way back to California, especially because there are easy flight connections through Lima to Brazil. I will have to investigate more and think about it. Thanks again.

  10. March 31, 2010 8:54 pm

    What beautiful photographs Simon, you are indeed very talented 🙂

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 31, 2010 9:05 pm

      How nice of you, Lynne. I’m pleased that you like them, but I think they’re very ordinary photos. I have absolutely no technique and just follow my instinct. Neither do I have any artistic aspiration. I just try to capture a little piece of emotion.

  11. March 31, 2010 8:57 pm

    Lovely, colorful pictures of beautiful people. Well done!

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 31, 2010 9:07 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures although I’m nothing more than an occasional amateur… But the colors in Peru are so brilliant that shooting photos is an endless temptation…

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