Friday, September 26, 2008

From Peru

These are the 6 great cards i've received today from Peru sent by Mery "maypar". It took more than 1 month to arrive but it was worth waiting :) Thanks Mery.

This beautiful sunset is one of the attractions of the Madre de Dios region, in the southeast Peru . "The region is almost entirely low-lying Amazonian rainforest.The territory embraces high and low jungle zones. Madre de Dios is mainly a province with abundant virgin jungles, subjugating landscapes and countless micro-climates. It is possibly the least eroded and exploited area of the Peruvian Amazons. A land with wide, slow rivers and beautiful lagoons surrounded by the most exhuberant vegetation: Madre de Dios has the best soil of the Amazon jungles. Also, this region shelters native tribes for whom the advance of civilization has not yet arrived." - in:

A night view of the Plaza de Armas, historic centre of Lima with the Archbishop Palace and Basilica Cathedral. "The Archbishop Palace is the home of the Archbishop of Lima. The first major church began construction in 1535. Pope Paul III turned it into an episcopal seat in 1541.
The Basilica Cathedral of Lima, which has become one of the main symbols of the city, started construction the same year the city was founded; 1535. Since then there have been numerous remodilations. The Cathedral of Lima displays a form architecture that makes it unique in all of South America, of the style of the viceroyal time." - in
: wikipedia
"Located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima, the geoglyphs of Nasca and the pampas of Jumana cover about 450 km2. These lines, which were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs depict living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures several kilometres long. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions." - in:

"The historic centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and Criollo and Indian masons. This combination of influences is illustrated by the city's robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
The ornamented architecture in the historic centre of Arequipa represents a masterpiece of the creative integration of European and native characteristics, crucial for the cultural expression of the entire region. Criterion iv The historic centre of Arequipa is an outstanding example of a colonial settlement, challenged by the natural conditions, the indigenous influences, the process of conquest and evangelization, as well as the spectacular nature of its setting." - in:

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone. On the back of the card: Chan Chan: the world's largest pre-Hispanic mud-brick citadel. The ancient Chimu Kingdom (700-1400 AD) founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River in the department of la Libertad and called it Jang-Juang, which in the ancient Mochica language means "sun-sun".
Chan Chan was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The city is severely threatened by erosion from El Niño, which causes heavy rains and flooding on the Peruvian coast.
Finally, a card of the Pastoruri Glacier, 1 of the 663 glaciers in the Huascarán National Park, a national park in the Cordillera Blanca, a range of the Andes, in Ancash region.
"In 1985 the park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its protection was initially arranged by the Peruvian government in 1975 in order to safeguard flora and fauna, geological formations, archaeological remains and the panoramic scenery of the Cordillera Blanca, and to encourage scientific research into the area's natural and cultural resources. Tourism is promoted in the area, making its protected status a source of wealth for its inhabitants and others." - in: wikipedia

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