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It feels like much more than seven days have passed since the last Photo of the Week! That might have something to do with the face that in that time span we’ve explored Cusco, conquered the famed Inca Trail, and spent a night recovering in Aguas Calientes.

You might be surprised not to see any photos of the Machu Picchu postcard view. On the fourth day of the Inca Trail we arrived at the site to a thick white fog that clung stubbornly around the ancient city. I actually took this turn of luck surprisingly well — I guess it’s hard to be disappointed when you’ve just accomplished such a pride-inducing physical feat, and checked something off your bucket list to boot.

The next week will bring us down to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and across to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city.

Photo A
Cusco Photos

Photo B
Cusco Photos

Photo C
Inca Trail Photos

Photo D
Inca Trail Photos

Photo E
Inca Trail PhotosWhich photo is your favorite?

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  • Kathryn
    November 3 2013

    A & C Composition rules! Hi Zoe!

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Zoe says hi back 🙂

  • Olivia
    November 3 2013

    Photo C! So fun that you and Zoe are on this adventure together!!

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Yes, I feel very lucky to have checked off a major bucket list item with one of my closest friends!

  • Kat
    November 3 2013

    Hi! I did fill out your reader survey but I realised something that I should have added – I’d love to see a post for each country about how you get around there i.e. the type of transport, costs, your experiences of it (e.g. the joys of Honduran chicken buses) and where you got information on bus times etc.

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Hey Kat! I’m actually trying to work that into posts now using “essential info” boxes at the end of destination posts, ie: Iquitos and Lima. Hopefully it will help!

  • Dad
    November 3 2013

    C….you get the message of this is not your normal hiking adventure and Zoe is in it. B is strong second because I am sucker for a good dog picture.

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      You would love it in Cusco… dogs everywhere! This one was one of my favorites (not as cute as Tucker though.)

  • memographer
    November 3 2013

    This is one of the best photo series you had posted, Alex! I love South America! Any photo here can be photo of the week. But, having only one photo to select, that’s Photo B.
    As a huge fan of Polaroid, I am wondering what camera and film used for a frame in Photo C. I’ve recently used the film from “The Impossible”, but the colors are not as good.
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  • Photo C for sure… & then D 😉 x
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    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Glad there’s some love for the llama!

  • Yasemin
    November 3 2013

    A or B as they capture the characters of the city in a unique way. Congratulations to you for both for completing the Inca Trail – I know how hard it can be and am looking forward to reading your write up!

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Thanks Yasemin! It was a struggle for me but worth every step!

  • Sky
    November 3 2013

    Photo C for sure! Such a cool shot!
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    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Thanks Sky! We like to get a little creative here… two art school kids 🙂

  • They are all AMAZING!!!!!! Such a shame about MP. Guess you just gotta go back now?
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    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      I certainly wouldn’t mind that! You know I love to return to my favorite places…

  • Jade
    November 3 2013

    Photo A. has such lovely atmosphere and light!
    Although I do have a soft spot for Llamas too!

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Thanks Jade! I was overwhelmed trying to photograph Cusco, and I was so happy when I saw those two shots.

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    November 3 2013

    I like photo B… I was such a sucker for all the dogs in Peru. Did you see all the hairless ones at the markets in Iquitos??
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    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Those are SO WEIRD. We’ve seen them sporadically all over the country. Bizarre little animals!

  • Lauren
    November 4 2013

    C!!
    Also I have to say I LOVE how you’ve been updating in real time… I never really thought about how photo of the week was usually the only way for us to know what your travels were like at the present moment until you mentioned that people asked for posts to be closer to real time on the survey. I don’t know how you’ve been able to accomplish the writing and editing so quickly on the road, but it’s awesome and I’ve loved every Peru post!

    • Alex
      November 4 2013

      Well, let’s just say I average around 5-6 hours of sleep per night! Ha. It has been stressful but I am enjoying blogging more closely to “real time.” Let’s see if I can keep it up, though!

  • Steve
    November 4 2013

    I am going to go for D. The llama looks like a professional.
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Ha, you’re right — all the llamas in this town seem to have gone to modeling school!

  • Cat
    November 4 2013

    C! Unique photo with cool composition.
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Thanks Cat! That’s what happens when you get two art school kids together…

  • Jamie
    November 4 2013

    Aw I love photo B. As an animal lover I like to pretend all the dogs running around in the streets of other countries are well fed and spoiled by all the locals hehe. The llamas a close second tho.
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      I love street dogs the world over! Actually the ones in Cusco look pretty darn happy 🙂

  • Hannah
    November 5 2013

    I’m going with A this week, such a perfect capturing of a simple moment in time 🙂
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Thanks Hannah! It’s a quiet one — I like it 🙂

  • Amanda thePanda
    November 5 2013

    I’m intrigued by C, very creative!
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Thanks for voting, Amanda!

  • Maddy
    November 5 2013

    I don’t know what it is but I just love the pictures of animals. All the animals please!
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      I know… I actually had a THIRD animal picture in the running for this week, but had to cool it in the end 🙂

  • Breanna
    November 6 2013

    Photo A. Something about it just says South America to me

    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Love that 🙂 Thanks for voting, Breanna!

  • Andy
    November 6 2013

    Wow, Alex! This has got to be one of the finest selection of pictures I’ve yet seen in your Photo of the Week series. Very well done. Each picture is intriguing and not just a cool sight (though they are that, as well). I really like C and E.
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Thanks Andy! I always love seeing which photos and sets people respond to. I wasn’t expecting this one to be quite so popular!

  • anna
    November 6 2013

    oh my.. ! after these images and posts.. Peru is on MY bucket list 😀

    and about the photos.. for me, the bests are A and C 🙂

    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Thanks Anna! Glad to see Peru made it on your list… it deserves a spot! 🙂

  • Amy
    November 7 2013

    Love photo D – animal pics always win for me!
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    • Alex
      November 7 2013

      Couldn’t agree more 🙂

  • Kristen Noelle
    November 11 2013

    C! I’m excited, currently planning an abroad trip with one of my bests too!
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    • Alex
      November 12 2013

      Traveling with friends from home is such a treat! Have fun planning your next journey 🙂

  • TammyOnTheMove
    November 13 2013

    I love photo C and D. That Lama is so adorable! 🙂
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