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A strangers family

Created on: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 By Wtrekker

In 2009 I was on a around the world trip and spend 4 month of it traveling around South America, one of the countries being Peru. I did not want to be another gringo hitting the Machu picchu trail so i vent up north to a leaser known ruin, Kuelap fortress. I hiked up the mountain and i did not see anyone else until i reached the top. At that time it was raining and getting dark and i did not want to see this great Chachapoyas place like this. Out of the blue from a small path between the trees a woman pulling a small horse appears. She invited me to stay with her and her family, overnight, until the rain had cleared up. I crawled on to the horse and she pulled me a little ways down the mountain to an old mud stone house. She and I was greeted by four very excited kids of the age of five to twelve, a girl and her tree brothers. There was no electricity here and the oldest brother would lead his kid sister and brothers down the mountain on the horse in the evening when it was pitch black to attend school. The oldest boy had burn scars on most of his body from spilling boiled water on to himself when preparing food for his younger siblings. I learned that their father had left many years ago making the oldest boy put on the male parenting role. This little family put me up in their home, made me food and gave me a bed. Just a stranger on their mountain that they opened their home and heart to. A gesture and warmth that i will never forget.


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