Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Christine Lai

Local porters from distant villages come to Cusco to trek the strenuous four-day hike to Machu Picchu - over 12,000 feet and 24 miles. They hike the trail as often as four times a month, carrying 50-pound backpacks, to make a living to support their family. Many wear only rubber sandals, their toes and feet cracked and hardened by the steep and slippery trails. I snapped this photo during one of our rest stops for lunch, as two of our porters, Quintana and John, took a brief break, admiring the view after a long hike on our third day.

Location: Cusco, Peru


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