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.

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This young girl

 was walking the pilgrim trail towards Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She is Peruvian and 87 years has passed since she was born.  We met her, half running and in good spirits with her daughter and grand-daughter some 110 kilometers before Santiago.  I´d like to be in that shape when I reach that age.

Pilgrims

You meet a lot of interesting people along the Camino de Santiago.

This 87-year-old Peruvian lady is walking “El Camino” with her daughter and granddaughter. At this place, close to Sarria in Galicia, they still have more than 100 km to do!

The picture was taken the 11 of September. Me and Katja arrived to Santiago last night after an exhausting final distance of 36 km.

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!

(click tag Huandoval to see more from this village)

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…

Este hotel…

  tiene pulgas. .. 

When travelling South America some decades ago my budget allowed me to stay only in cheap hotels.

Once I made a visit to Cajamarca in the Andes in northern Peru. Arrived late at night.

As usual I checked in at one of the less luxurious places and fell asleep almost immediately.
Next morning the andean light fell in trough that window, and I saw the graffiti !!

Este hotel tiene pulgas: This hotel has got fleas…

Express to Huandoval!

Went by bus from Lima, Peru to the small isolated village of Huandoval in the Andes. Road sometimes closed due to rain and avalanches!

If you keep on climbing you´ll reach the mountain Huascarán 6 768 meters high!

Can still remember that popular quechua song the driver played over and over and over … trough those cracked loudspeakers!!