Travel Theme: Contrast

For this week’s theme Ailsa at ‘Where’s my Backpack’ chose Contrast, while there are many ways in which to show contrast, like dark and light, bright and pale or even good and evil, I have chosen to show you the contrast between the tourist Cusco and the local Cusco, now I am not referring to the city of Cusco specifically, but rather the region in general.

Generally when tourist’s visit they will inevitably come across some very cute kids, all dressed up in traditional outfits, sometimes even carrying small animals like sheep, llamas, or puppies. These kids are all around the tourist areas and will pose for pictures, following which they will ask for a propina or tip. I have to admit that many of these kids are just too adorable and you almost feel like you have to take their picture, we have on many occasions been taken in by their playful smiles and charm.

The picture I have chosen for an example of the tourist side of local kids was taken at a viewpoint between Chinchero and the turn off for Maras. This little girl was irresistible with here little chapped cheeks, big smile, and colorful outfit. One of the cutest things she did was after we took her picture and gave her the tip; she first dropped the tip into her purse, but then walked around behind a table, lifted a rock and then hid the money under the rock.

Girl in traditional dress

Girl in traditional dress

These following pictures show the contrast between what kind of pictures you can get outside the tourist areas, as opposed to those you may take inside the tourist areas. These pictures were all taken during drives that we like to take through the countryside; we like to drive the back roads that run between our town of Huarocondo and the Sacred Valley.

Brother and Sister

Brother and Sister

Scared girl

Scared girl

Group of kids

Group of kids

Boy with Lamb

Boy with Lamb

I hope you enjoyed my take on Contrast, to check out Ailsa’s pictures at ‘Where’s my Backpack’ click on the link below


About Lyle

I love travel and recently owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast in Cusco Peru called GringoWasi with my beautiful Peruvian wife, the property is located in the small town of Huarocondo, and about 30 minutes West of Cusco Peru. Currently we are living back in Las Vegas and have put our property in Cusco up for sale.
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10 Responses to Travel Theme: Contrast

  1. sharynni says:

    I didn’t know about the tip part for pictures. A group of women and children with a cute sheep approached me in Cusco, handed me the sheep, and told me to take a picture. I was really taken off guard afterwards when they asked for the tip :O. Great pics of some very cute kids!

  2. Rosemarie says:

    Love the photos of the kiddos. Thanks for liking my NYC contrast photo.

  3. ideflex says:

    So refreshing to see pix of kids that aren’t posing as if they are in a movie…. their smiles (and even fear) is so genuine and lovely….

  4. MarieAtWork says:

    Aww, look at those adorable kids! The girl in the traditional dress made me smile, too!

  5. love them and the first is wonderful.

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