The Women Of Peru – A Photo Essay

By Darren Alff

two old women walking in cuzco peru

green butcher woman walking in cusco peru

cusco catholic school girl with ice cream cone

huancayo peru old woman

little blue school girl walking over crooked cracks

nazca peru airport nurse

The women of Peru are a colorful bunch. Young, happy and colorful on one end. Old, wrinkled and toothless on the other. This article contains the photos of 81 different Peruvian women. The photos were taken during my 5-month trip through Peru in the early months of 2011. All photos taken with the Canon Rebel T2i and the Canon 28-135mm lens.


  1. Kerri

    October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Darren these are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope that you will put more about your adventures in Peru up on your website.


  2. Tia

    October 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    thanks for sharing, interesting to see not one single pair of sunglasses in sight.
    I am guessing by the many frown creases that the sun is glaring and the hats are not enough protection.
    Love the colourful outfits…

  3. Kedar Gogte

    October 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Darren, I love your posts.Thanks!!

  4. Erlyn

    October 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Darren, the beautiful women of Peru are beautiful.

    I have a question about the photo taking: How do you do it? How do you move photo taking to top priority?

    Whatever you’re doing obviously works because all one sees in these photos is natural beauty.

    • Bicycle Touring Pro

      October 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      I’ve been saying a lot lately that you can either ride your bike OR take photos, but to do both on the same day is pretty difficult. So I usually take very few photos when I am on the move, but then I set aside certain days just to go out and take pictures. And that’s how I’ve been doing it lately. It is either a travel day… or a photo day. But rarely do I combine the two.

  5. DC

    October 18, 2011 at 2:13 am

    My favorite is the pic of the woman with the tray of orange drinks – wow! TONS of color there!

  6. mo almnslee

    October 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    all what i have to say is thank you it is great

  7. Louis Keller

    November 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

    As in Peru women are beautiful all over the world. During my limited travels by bike I’ve always been fascinated by the natural environment where I’m at and there were always beautiful women in sight. Even in the remote locales. They go hand in hand.

  8. Robert Tansey

    October 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for this site. I was in Lima for several months – about the same time, and you have truly captured the colors and faces. Makes me a little homesick to return. Excellent work.

  9. Novalee

    February 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    The fifth is my favourite. ^_^ A beautiful image of Peruvian dancers. 😀

  10. eoew

    October 31, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    me encanto, muy interesantes las fotos, la verdad. la belleza esta en todos lados y la cultura peruana siempre me ha parecido muy colorida y bella, sus mujeres reflejan eso.

  11. Lorne

    March 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Amazing photos!

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