Category Archives: South America Journey

In here, you will find all my posts and images of our South America trip….

Macro Photos at Apu Lodge

I haven’t done much in the way of Macro Photography on this trip so far. This morning there was some really nice light and it was just touching some of the plants in the garden really softly, so I put on my macro lens and captured some of these…let me know what you think.

Ready to bloom
Rose Leaf
Lily Abstract
High Key St Josephs
Drying Leaves
Rose Bud
Table Cloth details
Winter leaves
Francis Abstract

More images of Ollanta

Ollantaytambo is a small village but there is always something happening. The other day was Ollanta Raymi, a festival that celebrates General Ollanta. So there were lots of processions and there was a whole production that took place at the ruins. I never went in to the ruins, but took some images of the processions and of Ollantaytambo as I wondered through the 500 year old Inca streets. It is amazing to think that when we leave here, we would have lived in an original Inca village in the high Andes for 3 months, amazing.

The dancers on the ruins at Ollantaytambo
The procession starts
The procession starts

Dancers ging to the ruins
The Inca Emperor rounds up his subjects...
Ready to go
We havent seen Starbucks in Peru yet, but there is Inca Bucks!!
The Ruins..
More of the Ruins...
Great stonework
Old door in the town...

A lunch treat..

We decided to have a really nice lunch at the El Albergue restaurant this afternoon. It was a great place to eat and relax. It is the old hotel at the train station at Ollantaytambo. The building itself is an old building that has been restored and is a really eclectic place to hang out for a few hours. Good place to eat, really good food.

El Albergue from the train station
El Albergue
Pisco anyone??
Home made pasta drying
Tea Time...
Coffee shop next to El Albergue
Window cactus
Choc chip cookies..

Cameo’s of Ollantaytambo

Apu Lodge - our home until August

Ollantayambo is a small town, but has a lot of character. The surrounding mountains are imposing and in many ways define Ollantaytambo, its look and its feel. It really is an amazing setting, there are some walks that take you up high into the terraced mountains, well over 3000m above sea level, the views are breathtaking and the drop offs sheer. It is amazing to be here…what a privilege.

Panoramic View during our walk to Pumamarka
Sign to the bakery in Ollantaytambo
Mountain in the distance....majestic
Mountains again...
Side street in Ollanta, by night!

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk – In Ollantaytambo

Well, it is that time of the year again, Scott Kelby is hosting his third annual Worldwide Photowalk. It is  a huge event and last year it was the largest global social event for photographers worldwide…. I was a walk leader last year in Johannesburg and this year I applied to be a leader in Ollantaytambo and I have been give permission to lead the walk here, in Peru,  so if there are any photographers who are going to be in Ollantaytambo on the 24th July, join the walk here with us….

If you arent in Ollantaytambo and you are keen to do the Photowalk, go to and check to see if there is a walk in your area, if you want to join the Ollantaytambo walk, then click here. Below are some photos I took on the walk last year in Johannesburg city centre…to see the Flickr group of some of the photos that were taken on the day, click here..

Below is the press release from Scott Kelby about the walk.

TAMPA, FL – June 1, 2010 – On Saturday, July 24, 2010, the whole world will be walking again with Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and #1 bestselling computer and technology book author, in the Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk is the world’s largest global social photography event in the history of photography itself. It takes place on the same day around the world where photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together, usually in downtown areas to socialize, learn new tips from each other, and explore their corner of the world through photography.

“In 2008, we had 241 walks,” said Scott Kelby, founder of NAPP, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User magazine, and president of Kelby Media Group. “Last year, we had over 900 walks with over 32,000 photographers participating. We did the math… your average photographer will take upwards of 300 photos during a photo walk. That means that nearly 10 million pictures were taken in that one single day that may never had happened otherwise. I think that’s pretty cool and we all can’t wait to see what happens this year.”

There is no fee to participate but pre-registration is required. Just go to the Worldwide Photo Walk site, find a walk near you, and join in on the fun. If there is no Photo Walk in your area feel free to register to lead a walk of your own.

Anyone can participate too. All you need is a camera. It doesn’t even matter what kind of camera either. People have showed up with disposables in the past, had a blast, and left with a new appreciation for photography.

Kelby credits the success and popularity of the event to the social aspect of photography the world over. “Photography is usually viewed as a solitary activity, but the truth of the matter is that people love to shoot together, compare notes and just have fun with photography,” said Kelby. “The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social phenomenon. I’ve had group leaders contact me to tell me that they’ve turned their walk into a monthly event. Other people tell me that they’ve made friends at the very first Photo Walk that they’ve kept to this day. It’s the joy of shooting with friends, new and old that makes this event so special.”

The social aspect of this event has also transcended into the online world of social networks as well. Participants in the Worldwide Photo Walk post updates to Twitter before, during and after the event under the #WWPW hash tag, they share their pictures on Flickr (view pictures from last year’s Flickr group), and get updates from NAPP via its Facebook page.

In addition to enjoying a day of photography with other like-minded individuals, participants may also be eligible to win prizes from the Worldwide Photo Walk’s sponsors if their photo is chosen as the best photo of the day by their walk leader. Each winning walk photo is then entered into a global competition where Scott Kelby picks the single “best photo” of the event along with 10 runners-up. Full details are available at:

Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is sponsored by NAPP, Adobe, Adorama, Peachpit, Mpix, Wacom, and Kelby Training.

About NAPP
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop® Lightroom®, and photography training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop and photography experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association – keeping its members on the cutting edge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography techniques and technology. With more than 71,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest digital imaging and graphics association worldwide. Visit for more information

Ollantaytambo Festival

Ok, we are back on the grid of Wi-Fi access, so here goes. There was a festival here in Ollantaytambo last week to celebrate one of the saints of the valley. Details are a little sketchy as to what he did, but the whole town and valley for that matter go into 4 days of merrymaking. They have dancing and music in the central plaza for pretty much four days non-stop. They sing, dance, drink and dance and sing and…you get the idea. They dress up in incredibly colourful costumes and then the various dancing groups parade through the plaza and do their various dances, all accompanied by their own marching band. The sounds are incredible, the sights are amazing and the mixture of everything is a bit intoxicating. On the last evening they have a big fireworks display, in most other countries, a display of this size would require that people need to be probably 50 or more metres away, but there are no such rules in Peru. In fact, I stood just 10 metres from the main fireworks display and could feel the heat…

We enjoyed the festival a lot, there is another one in a months time called Inti Raymi, looking forward to it….

Decorative Headress
Masked man
Dancer in full regalia
Shrine to the saint...
Great colours...and masks
Amazing outfits
These boots were made for..
Young girl dancing...
More outfits..
Leg Decorations
El Diablo..the Devil!

Street dancing..
hehehehe everyone was there..
Not sure who these guys were..
The plaza at night
Dancing in the evening
The shrine reappears
Grand Finale!

We have NO connection

You might have noticed that I havent put any new posts up for a while, well there is a reason. We have a problem with our Internet Wi-Fi connection. We still arent sure what the problem could be so tomorrow we will hopefully get a techie out to come and have a look. In the meantime, I am editing some images from the Festival that is going on in Ollanta, so once we have connection again, that post will be up…hopefully soon!!