PITUMARCA: PERU

Pitumarca is a village located above 12,000 feet elevation in the Andes mountains of Peru. The residents are primarily indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. Quechua is a language derived by the Incans and the sole language spoken by the majority of village elders whereas the younger generations speak Spanish as well. Similar to their ancestors, the villagers way of life maintains a strong reliance on agriculture and the land around them.

With the rise of global warming, snow has melted on many surrounding mountains and revealed a natural phenomenon, Vinicunca, known as Rainbow Mountain to the world. This incredible mountain range has 7 distinct colors due to a unique mineralogical composition. 

The village of Pitumarca is located on the route from Cusco to this now world famous location, and the images below document a portrait of local villagers.

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