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Rajashree & Kiran Khalap vacation in Peru, October 2008

Rajashree & Kiran Khalap vacation in Peru, October 2008

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  • 1.
    • All photographs by Rajashree and Kiran Khalap, shot in Peru between October 21 and November 2
    • Please do not replicate without permission
  • 2. v The rainforest: Trees with no tree rings
  • 3. v The rainforests cover only 7% of the earth’s surface but harbour 50% of its species! There are only two seasons: dry and wet. The trees have to grow fast and reach the canopy during the wet season for sunlight, that’s why they have no rings!
  • 4. 1900 species of birds: More than US and Canada combined
  • 5. The Macaw Lick: The birds need minerals, so they come to one place in hundreds and lick the clay
  • 6. Jesus Christ: The jacana is a bird that walks on water, and is therefore called Jesus Christ!
  • 7. The Huatzin. Its babies have claws on their wings. When predators come they fall into the water and later climb back to their nests using their claws!
  • 8. We saw five species of monkeys in one square kilometer
  • 9.  
  • 10. Colca Canyon: Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon The condor: the largest bird to fly (Average wingspan 12 feet; life expectancy 80 years)
  • 11.  
  • 12. Reserved forest: 40,000 sq kms; forest cover: 50% Vicuna: finest wool in the world;
  • 13. Vicuna: One of the four camelid species in Peru. Found in the wild, protected by law.
  • 14. Another expensive fur: Chinchilla
  • 15. The Wolf of the Lake: The Giant Otter hunts fish in packs. Needs 4 kilos per day!
  • 16.  
  • 17. Cuzco: One of the three big cities in Peru. Celebrates 350 festivals a year
  • 18.  
  • 19. Rs 17 per model: Each girl and her llama charge Rs 17 per photo!
  • 20.
    • Thanks