Familia de Huandoval

familia

He approached me on the street and asked “señor.. usted puede hacerme el favor de tomar una foto de mi familia?”  Mister.. can you do me the favor of taking a photo of my family?

This was in Huandoval in 1979, a small isolated village in the Peruvian Andes.

I went with him in to his house and suggested them to sit down in the doorway.

When finished the man in the house thanked me in a sincere way and invited me for a

drink. There was never any desire expressed for a copy of the picture, they just seemed happy enough for having their portrait taken.

Hope they are connected to the web today and google on “Huandoval”.  If someone recognize this family I would be grateful for some information.

Cordillera Blanca 2!

 Finishing todays work at the maize field the little boy is enjoying the warmth of the sun and the caring hand of his grandfather.

It can get chilly in the Andes at these altitudes.  This is Huandoval, Ancash province in northern Peru!

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Cordillera Blanca!

 During my visit to the remote and isolated village of Huandoval in the Ancash province in northern Peru in the eighties, I was lucky enough to be able to make a horseback excursion in the surrounding Andean mountains with the local shopkeeper.

We took off very early in the morning climbing the mighty Cordillera Blanca. Highlights on this adventure was when we after a couple of hours passed some old Inca ruins!

The road (path) in the picture at the other side of the valley is nothing less than pieces of the “Camino Real” the main road that linked Quito (Ecuador) with Cusco (Peru) in the days of the Inca empire.  Quite impressive to see it like that, especially as I had no previous idea what so ever that these remains was waiting for us on this trip.

My host brought beans and guinea pig (Cuy) for lunch… yeah it´s delicios.

Turning back towards Huandoval it started to rain but luckily the shopkeeper had an extra poncho which he threw to me…

Working the maize field!

Little boy working hard at the maize field.

Some decades ago I stayed a week in the Andean village of Huandoval in the province of Ancash, Peru.

It’s a small isolated place with no electricity and no telephone. You have to rely on shortwave radio for communication. In periods you can´t reach or leave the area because the road collapses in the rain!

A fantastic horseback ride excursion in the mountains with the shopkeeper of the village is a strong memory from that week!

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