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Tbt: Old Peru

Here’s a couple of pics sent in via Rusty Stevens taken by his father Bob Stevens sometime in the 1930’s in a trip to Peru.

Thanks Rusty!

 

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Tbt: Old Peru

Peru is a nation rich in minerals. Mining and related industries make approximately 15% of Peru’s GDP, so it’s a very important part of the economy. Lately with copper prices being relatively higher after lagging for years, Peru has benefitted with more mining earnings. It’s not without issues though, as the environmental standards were completely lacking for many years, and the locals have suffered with contaminated air and water.

A Large Copper Smelter, Casapalca Peru (Via : Cardcow)

 

Casapalca mine today

Tbt: Old Lima

A classic postcard…

Santo Domingo Church Lima, Peru (Photo : Cardcow)

Tbt: Old Peru

January is slipping away. Hope your year is going well. It’s been a flurry of activity for us, and it’s all good. Here’s a look back:

Trans-Andean Railroad

Tbt: Old Peru

This is a photo from Belen, which is on the Amazon next to Iquitos, Peru. Iquitos is the largest city in the world with no road access. The former rubber capital of the world features many striking colonial homes from that bygone era. Belen is a community of people that live on the Amazon, and will see the river rise and fall by dozens of feet, and the lower part of the houses will be underwater.

Typical Street of Belen, the “Venice of the State of Loreto”

Tbt: Old Peru

First Thursday of the New Year.

Iquitos is the largest city in the world that does not have road access.(pop 371,000) One has to take a quick flight from Lima, or the more adventurous river boats. Many of these old huts still exist and are lived in today along the ancient river “road.”

Mud Huts near Iquitos, Peru (Photo : Cardcow)

Tbt: Old Peru

Hope everyone is having a great holiday…

Ships In The Harbor, Callao

Tbt: Old Peru

It’s a busy time of year, take care. In the Southern hemisphere, it’s nearly summer so the temperatures are higher, and the days are longer. In the northeast Peruvian town of Tarapoto, daylight comes early and with it the noise and bustle of this growing hub in San Martin. It’s lovely…

In The Gardens Of The San Franciscan Monastery (Photo via Cardcow.com):

In The Gardens Of The San Franciscan Monastery

 

Tbt: Old Peru

Below is a look back to gathering rubber in Peru. The rubber capital of the world until 1912 was Iquitos, which today is the largest city in the world without road access (420,000 population.)

Gathering Rubber