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Cusco Main Traveling Destination in Peru

cusco main traveling destination
cusco main traveling destination
Cusco main traveling destination

Cusco is one of the main traveling destinations in the world. These are some of the pictures I took during my last trip to Cusco before my ride to Quillabamba coffee region. Many consider Cusco main traveling destination to be a must do at least once in a lifetime. I have walked in many large cities such as New York City during my travels, but Cusco takes a special place in my list.

Beautiful stray dog in Cusco
Beautiful stray dog in Cusco

Many nice looking dogs appear to walk around Cusco. Not sure if they are stray dogs, but some appeared to have a home since they were sitting on someones front door in Cusco. Most home entrances in Cusco face the narrow stone streets. Sidewalks are also narrow, but in good condition.

Cusco main traveling destination
Stone roads in Cusco, Peru
Rocoto in a Cusco market
Rocoto in a Cusco market
Military march in Cusco, Peru
Military march in Cusco, Peru
Man wondering about life in Cusco
Man wondering about life in Cusco

In Cusco there appears to be many locals that are retired. I noticed this man that came to take a walk around on the narrow sidewalks almost every day. The colonial architecture its seen everywhere in Cusco. Most street names are engraved on a house or small colonial building usually at the corner intersection of the street.

Architecture in Cusco, Peru
Architecture and Cusco flag

My first visit to Cusco I noticed the flag and though I arrived to a gay friendly town. But, the fact was this is Cusco’s flag. The colors differ a bit from the gay flag. This flag was hanging everywhere in the city. Together with the old colonial architecture and this flag it forms an authentic moment that describes Cusco.

Church at sunset Cusco, Peru
Church at sunset Cusco, Peru

In contrast to Machu Picchu, Cusco has many churches which is a symbol of colonization. This means the Spanish were able to conquer this city. In places you don’t see a church in Cusco it mean the conquistadores were not able to reach that point. Contact me if you’re planning a visit to Cusco or Quillabamba coffee region.

Architecture building Cusco Peru
Architecture building Cusco Peru
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Kennedy cat park in Lima Peru Travel Photography

Cat park Kennedy Lima Peru

Kennedy cat park in Lima. Stray cats are found in this park right in the middle of Lima, Peru at Parque Kennedy. People from all over Lima come to relax at this park, read a book, chat with friends or just play with the friendly stray cats of the parque Kennedy.

This park is named after the American president John F. Kennedy. But, for many cat lovers this park is the best park in the world. For others, they feel there should not be as many cats wondering around right in the middle of the city.

White cat at cat park Kennedy Lima
White cat at cat park Kennedy Lima
white cat walking at cat park Kennedy Lima
White cat walking at cat park Kennedy Lima
cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima

Cats in Parque Kennedy are so used to people that they don’t care to take a nap right in the middle of the park where people walk by. Some cats appeared to be dead, but they were just napping right in the middle of the park. For cat lovers this is paradise. This park is located right in the middle of downtown lima is accessible by all forms of transportation.

cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Lima cat Kennedy park
Lady at Lima cat Kennedy park

Come visit Lima whenever you’re in Peru. You will enjoy fantastic food, colonial architecture and great hospitality. I was in Lima about two years ago on my way to coffee farms in Quillabamba. Whenever you’re in Lima you must try fresh food at the city mercados. Share a table with a stranger and chat about anything from politics to sports and traveling.

Contact me if you have questions about Peruvian coffee and/or traveling to Peru.

Cat under statue park Kennedy Lima Peru
Cat under statue park Kennedy Lima Peru
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My first visit La Paz in Bolivia

La Paz Bolivia urban life

I met the Bolivian side of my family for the first time in my life when I went to visit La Paz in (2011). Our encounter was very unique. My Bolivian family members and I both spoke in Spanish, but with different accents (I speak with a Dominican accent). It was very funny.

Anyways, below are some pictures from that first trip about 8-9 years ago. If you like them, write a comment below. Also, follow me on social media @cocotucafe for more pictures of my travels to Bolivia and Latin America.

Basilica de San Francisco
Basilica de San Francisco

While I was walking in La Paz city center, this lady and her colorful uniform grabbed my attention. She was into something.

Working woman in La Paz
Working woman in La Paz
evo narco
Evo Narco wall writing

Many were in favor of Evo, but others clearly did not like him.

Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia
Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia

Beers, cervezas, chelas were mainly served in the big bottles instead of the regular 8oz we are used to in other countries. Huari is my favorite.

Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Grandmother's picture cemetery in La Paz
Grandmother’s picture cemetery in La Paz

Abuela I never met. Rest in Peace.

Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia
Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia

Cool uncle Rolo hung out with me. We walked together everywhere.

"Cholita" street vendor La Paz, Bolivia
“Cholita” street vendor La Paz, Bolivia

Cholitas are hard working ladies running many types of business around La Paz. They wear cool hats and traditional outfit. Visit La Paz to experience a full experience of culture and fantastic colonial architecture and history.

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Panama Canal Videos During Summer Time

panama city on way to take panama canal videos

My visit to Panama was mainly to get to know more about the coffee farms in Chiriqui. I took a break and went by public bus to take some videos of this great architecture the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Boat crossing over

During my stay in the modern Panama City I was able to experience the high rise buildings all over the downtown area. I even tried the an expensive cup of Geisha coffee.

Panama Canal Small Boat Crossing

I have never experience this type of engineering design. This is the original canal, but there is a bigger one on the far back of this Panama canal videos. I saw huge cargo ships passing by. These cargo ships passing the Panama Canal were the size of a 15 floor building. It looked like a moving city.

Panama Canal Two Boats Crossing