Peru – Buildings

Homes, shops, apartments in Peru are unlike buildings I’ve experienced anywhere else in the world. From what I can tell almost all construction is brick (traditionally adobe, and again more recently adobe) and mortar with a stucco finish sometimes. There are two reasons for the thick walls – they keep the heat out during the day, and then they release that heat during the night. In the cities/towns much of the building is unfinished – that’s because people have to pay taxes on finished construction so it’s not uncommon to see rebar sticking up beyond the first or second story, indicating the job is yet to be completed. 

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This is the street where Maximo’s workshop is located – on the left just as the pavement ends. There are cell towers everywhere with good wifi reception (if you have a contract with a mobile provider). The buildings, however, are still under construction.

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We saw lots of buildings like those above on our drive from Lima to Paracas – these considerably more finished than most.

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The parts of Huaytara we could see looked well kept up – painted, finished with roofs – although a lot of rural construction affords little more than very basic shelter.

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Miraflores, an affluent part of Lima, consists mainly of high rise condo and rental units. But many streets also had units (I don’t think many of them were single family houses) and they are much less prosperous looking.

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The closest we’ve come to wealthy abodes were the beach houses on the bay in Paracas. Owned mainly by people from Lima (I was told), used as get away locations (a 4+ hour drive from Lima), these looked like affluent homes you’d find in many other places in the world.

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2 thoughts on “Peru – Buildings

  1. Thanks for all these marvelous photos and descriptions of the artisans and countryside. What tour group is this? Obviously a textile/ craft based itinerary, lovely. Pat

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    • The tour group, Pat, is PUCHKA Textile Tours. It’s affiliated with Maximo Laura – a master Peruvian tapestry weaver. Maximo has been leading this group as we visit these wonderful artisans in Ayacucho.

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