A walk through Huaraz – Pictures, and just a very few words

Making good use of our last day of Christmas vacation, I grabbed my camera and the boys, and we took a walk through town yesterday.  Here are a few of the interesting things we saw…

Soledad church

The Soledad Church stands out beautifully in front of the brilliant blue sky on a warm January day.

Inside a similar catholic church I snapped a quick shot of this interesting sign in front of the holy water font… (I added the English translation to the picture.) 

holy water note in english

This picture warrants a a blog post of its own, so check back soon to see my thoughts about holy water.

No walk through town during the Christmas holidays is complete without a visit to the plaza.  The decorations are a bit gaudy, but not even gaudy looks bad with such a gorgeous Andes Mountain backdrop.

hz plaza

Some of the Christmas displays are on their last leg, as evidenced by this reindeer that appears to have partaken of a bit too much holiday cheer.  The boys enjoyed this one!

crashed reindeer.png

Next, we stopped in the Centro Cultural to see if any good cultural events are planned during the next few weeks.

naked manequins

This line of (nearly anatomically correct) naked mannequins was a bit shocking.  These “ladies” are usually modeling traditional Quechua outfits from each different area of the Department of Ancash, but for some reason they lost their clothes.  Ade thinks it has something to do with the fact that a new mayor for Huaraz took over the office this week, but that doesn’t really explain what happened to the clothes.  Perhaps the mannequins had been celebrating with the reindeer and drank a bit too much chicha?

2 baby nativity

Leaving the naked mannequins behind, we were happy to find a very nice nativity scene in the post office.

A closer inspection, however, revealed a surprise in the manger…2 baby jesus

I don’t think Mary was expecting to have twins! She looks a bit befuddled by the situation.

Across  the street from the post office, I took a couple pictures of the line of people (almost a whole city block long!) waiting outside the National bank.  There are probably between 50-75 people waiting in line inside the bank, too.  People with government jobs (teachers, judges, trash collectors, police, local politicians…) wait here to pick up their paychecks, and payments for all government transactions (drivers’ licenses, ID cards, passports, visas, copies of birth certificates, etc.) must be paid in person at this bank. bank lineNow you can see why we ask for prayer for NO surprises when we’re doing paperwork here in Peru!

scary tongue

I have always hated this hat-selling mannequin, but there’s just something creepy enough about him that drew my camera’s focus.

However, we had seen enough weird mannequins for the day, so I was glad to finish my picture taking with this final, beautiful shot.  I didn’t plan at all for the perfect background, but I did have to beg a bit to get Luis to smile!

beautiful lu

I hope you enjoyed our walk through Huaraz. Happy New Year to you all!

10 thoughts on “A walk through Huaraz – Pictures, and just a very few words

  1. The mannequins remind me of Twilight Zone or Dr. Who! I love this Rachel! Great photography, funny perspective & helpful to understand Peru! I miss it… and you!
    Hope I can visit soon & maybe the mannequins will be dressed by then! 🙂


    1. I suppose that I could offer some of my clothes for the mannequins, especially since they are tall & thin, like me… not exactly the correct body type for the traditional Quechua clothes that they’re supposed to be modeling!


  2. That was too funny, Rach! Thanks for sharing a piece of your everyday life with us. I don’t think a walk through Centerville on any given day would be so entertaining! Miss you, sis!


    1. Centerville is nice, but you’re right… I don’t think it would be quite as entertaining as what you might see here in Huaraz! That’s why I finally took my camera with me, because I see something interesting or funny pretty much every single time we’re out.


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