The fact that the place is hidden that you can only appraise it from the doorway makes this first sight completely overwhelming.
This aboriginal background inspires as well the stone figures known as inuksuit we found decorating sections of the park. We read these figures traditionally represent “someone was here” or “you are on the right path.” They serve various purposes like: to mark a sacred place or the memory of a loved one, as well as to signal migration routes or places for good fishing.
It was an awakening. Everything started in the flight we took from Lima to Juliaca; you have to fly to Juliaca to then take a bus to Puno. We were only a few tourists in the plane, the vast majority of the passengers were locals. Upon boarding, I noticed a tiny elderly woman sitting in one of the first few seats of the plane.
For those of us who live in the tropics, where the seasons are always green, the winter landscape of Vermont, clean and snowy, is always fascinating. Despite freezing, for being accustomed to the Caribbean warmth, having to wear layers and layers of clothing and perhaps having better abilities in aquatic sports… skiing in the beautiful snow turns into a momentous event.