Today I’m hosting an amazing photograph of Quechua Girl from Peru. Taken by Gábor Kovács and Rachele Cervaro from Surfing the Planet. Hungarian – Italian couple writing their blog in 4 languages! Yes, You hear me! Four! Spanish, English, Hungarian and Italian! Wow! Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about they amazing adventures.
Picture Story: Quechua Girl, Peru
Before starting our round the world trip, we were daydreaming a lot about visiting Machu Picchu and the land of Incas. We heard and read many stories from travellers about the special, mystical atmosphere. Which certainly intrigued us.
We were not disappointed at all. Machu Picchu is simply unforgettable. Cusco is an amazing city that takes your breath away not only because you have trouble breathing due to the almost 4000 meter high altitude.
Nevertheless, we will remember our days among the Peruvian Andes for the magnificent time we spent living with Quechua people in a small community off the beaten path. These really friendly people let us live with them for a while. Hosted us with the little they had. While we took part in their everyday life. We selected potatoes with them. Helped to herd sheep. Took care of the children of the family we stayed with.
Although there was a certain language barrier, since only a few of these people speak Spanish (they speak only Quechua), we didn’t have any problem in making ourselves understood.
Though the living conditions are rather harsh. Very cold temperature and high altitude. The colourful clothes of the Quechua people seemed us to create a warm ambience. We loved wearing those colourful ponchos they gave us. We also felt happier when we were wearing them.
As in most of the places, children are the easiest to make friends with. We played and laughed a lot with many of them. For some reason this little girl in the photo captured our imagination the most.
While the other children were hurling around, she was sitting there calmly, gazing into the distance for most of the time. We were just wondering what she might have been thinking about. Her face was bruised from the cold and the UV radiation. But she was really beautiful with her colourful knitted hat. We will keep the image of her face in our minds forever.