I met these two beautiful young girls when they were out herding the livestock in the stunningly beautiful Urubamba Valley. I was on the way back to Cusco from Moray archaeological site that day. In the van I kept on observing the magnificent landscape of the Sacred Valley. Then I saw a quite large group of livestock and these two were herding them. I just could not help for not pulling our van over to take their pictures. Well, I greeted them with the very basic Spanish “Hola!” and they answered back. I smiled at them and they smiled back. Very organic human to human interaction: from strangers to smiling buddies. I cherished that. I asked them with awkward gestures and again a very basic Spanish “Una Foto, por favor?” They giggled. So, I took that as a Yes.
Of the so many pictures I took, I chose this one. Without their livestock, only them and their homeland. Sorry donkeys, llamas and alpacas, you guys are out of the picture this time! Also, they did not look at my camera but yet I could capture their innocent and sincere smile. There was curiosity and at the same time acceptance. And of course I am so in love with the landscape.
Too bad I did not ask their name. I will always remember them as The Girls of Urubamba.