To Cairoma along cordillera tres cruces, La Paz

Not long ago when returning to the country of my birth I decided to visit the lands where my grandparents’ properties were located: Cairoma and Araca, south of the city of La Paz (-67.538221 -16.902729 approximately from Google Maps).
The stories I heard as a child of long journeys my mother, her brothers and sisters undertook as small children, travelling on baskets either side of mules through mountains, fertile valleys, high altitude planes and multi coloured lakes, on narrow paths, through wind swept canyons so windy that often the pack mules would be pushed to the precipice below. 

As adults my father and uncles rode horses whenever visiting their lands. They journeyed from west to east, following the valley. My journey was from east to west.
These childhood images have stayed with me and I have travelled in my imaginations with the images in this collection.

The monochrome photograph shows my father to the left wearing riding boots next to his father, wearing a hat third from the left; my uncle Alberto (my mother’s brother), third from the right and his wife to the left of my grandfather Molina. This seems to be a marriage of two young locals.

A remote dwelling… Imagine living so far away!
Cordillera Tres Cruces
The lakes is truly that colour due to the minerals in the hill
A woman washing clothes by the stream to the right of the frame

Somewhere in the Andes

One of the snow peaks of Cordillera Quimsa Cruz. To perceive the magnitude of this panorama it is worth pointing out the herd of llamas and alpacas (minuscule dots) to the left of the laguna. (Possibly 16°58’23.8″S 67°30’32.6″W)

Achachila Mayor: el Illimani

Achachila: To locals, the high mountain peaks are more than just breathtaking natural phenomena. Known as achachilas in Aymara and apus in Quechua, they’re also considered living beings inhabited by powerful spirits. As controllers of weather and the source of vital irrigation water, these mountain gods must be appeased with constant offerings and worship, since if angered they’re liable to send hailstorms, frost or drought to destroy crops.

Kimsa Cruz

A new collection of 13 photos: Kimsa Cruz, the cordillera south to the Illimani.

I  have 13 images depicting this area and its unusually coloured lakes.

Please follow this link to view the slide show:

Here 3 images from it:




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