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During my trip to the south Andes of Peru, I travelled from Puno to Cuzco with a few stops in Pukara, La Raya, Sicuani, Raqchi and Andahuaylillas.

In Raqchi, this little girl was eating her "ice cream" in front of the church on the central place (Plaza de Armas). I really like this picture, especially the reflections in her eyes. You can see that her cheeks are red from the cold (Raqchi is situated at aproximately 3500 meters above sea level) and from the sun. The children of the Andes are beautiful; there's something special about them, but I don't really know what...

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RAQCHI (Temple of Wiracocha God)
To 121 Km of Cusco, it was an Inca church of monumental dimensions: 100 meters of length by 26 meters of wide and 14 meters of height; the temple is divided in two naves and each nave shows basics of 11 giant columns. The bases of the church are bulit perfectly carving stones continued with adobe. It is aprpreciated besides qolqas or granary places of military order, religious, Inka between others.
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Greetings,
Thomas

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