For my reflection I wanted to post some of the pictures I took from Q’eros becasue I think they will do a better job explaining the experience than me.
The first photo is of the two little girls who were my host sisters for two nights as I left their home on Saturday morning.
The second is of our beloved guide and cultural liason, Siwar, leading a ceremony on the bank of a huge lake in the mountains to give thanks to Pachamama for good health and hapiness.
Third is of the beautifully decorated herd of llamas that carried our bags all the way through Q’eros and the hard working arrieros that sheparded them.
Fourth is one of the sheep we sacrificed for the Pachamanka ceremony. We all got a lesson in anatomy.
Fifth is the view from my Japu host family’s “porch”. At night when I got up to use the river toliet, I could see the arc of the milky way in the night sky.
Last is a scene from the 4 hour truck ride back to Ocongate. The views over the sides were stunning but most people slept or played cards.
Reflecting on our time in Q’eros the thing that stands out most to me is the way the families graciously welcomed us into their small, crowded homes and fed us bitter chuño soup as if we were their own children.