This photo was taken at a roadside lodge high in the Andes above the town of Ollantaytambo in Peru’s Sacred Valley with a Canon G12. My two friends and I had asked a local driver to take us up to the glacier at Abra Malaga (4,316 meters). On the way back we randomly stopped at this small house to explore and stumbled upon a conservationist group meeting with a local hill tribe. I stood behind the women who sat together on the opposite side of the room from their men, paying more attention to their voluminous, neon skirts and mischievous, runny-nosed children than to the heated discussion between the tribal leaders and the environmentalist representatives. Staring into this woman’s eyes at the moment a laughing toddler skipped by with her tattered doll, I glimpsed into hundreds of years of tradition, courage and survival.
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