Ventanillas de Otuzco

On Friday, after a light lunch in El Zarco restaurant in Cajamarca, I joined a tour to visit the ventanillas de Otuzco. An ancient burial site where the graves are actually set in the cliff face and shaped like windows. Ventanilla deriving from, ventana, the Spanish word for window.

However, I did not realise that first we were going to visit a dairy and then a botanical garden. The dairy, Fundo Los Alpes, produces a great variety of products, some of which we sampled. The dairy has a Swiss owner, hence the name.

I use to eat lots of cheese but am unable to do so these days, so my attention wandered to the outdoors and the ever darkening sky.


May till October is the dry season in the Northern Highlands of Perú but can be unpredictable.


After the dairy, there was another stop at a botanical garden but I felt as if we may not have seen the best of it.


Finally arriving at the ventanillas at the same time as the heavy rain commenced.




The ventanillas have varying depths. Some single occupancy and others multiple. Much like a backpacker´s hostel.

Arriving back at the Plaza de Armas, as the rain had stopped, I decided on an early dinner.

After dinner, before going back to my hotel, I decide to try photographing some illuminated structures.


This was about the 10 th attempt at this one but it was more than 500 metres away and up a lot of steps.I was not prepared to make the climb just after dinner.


The cathedral, in the Plaza de Armas.

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Más Leyendas

As I still have some more photos of El Parque de Las Leyendas, as yet unseen, I thought I should put them on here.


The park is well maintained


The grass is regularly cut.


With the edges carefully tended.


Appearance is everything.


Under constant supervision.


With enforcers ready to step in…..


….should any slacking be detected.


Zero tolerance.

El Parque de Las Leyendas

After meeting for a cup of coffee, my friend Sonia suggested a trip to El Parque de Las Leyendas in Lima. It seemed like a good idea. Although it was a cloudy day, the temperature was not too bad for an afternoon outdoors.

Parque de las Leyendas

Parque de las Leyendas (Photo credit: D-Stanley)

The park is a combination of a zoo, botanical gardens and an archaeological site.

There is plenty there to keep the kids entertained for people on a family day out.

There was even enough to keep me occupied for a few hours.

If you like big cuddly animals. There are plenty to see here.


From a safe distance of course. And from the other side of the fence.


Except where there is no fence and the animals like to get up close and personal.


Fortunately this lovely creature cannot get too close.


I get the feeling we are being watched.


Is that a Triffid?


What do you think they are going to keep in there when it is finished?

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