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The world's longest lockdown 2020. Some of Cusco's most crowded streets, during its busiest tourist season of the year.

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April-June 2020

Cusco, Peru

Fuji X-T100

Ashli Akins

Apu Ausangate

Six-day unaided trek (with two friends and one dog) circumnavigating Apu Ausangate, one of the most sacred and highest peaks of the Cusco region of Peru. At our highest, we summited (three times) to 5200 metres (17,000 feet) above sea level.

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June 2019

Ausangate, Peru

Canon 5D Mark II & Fuji X-T100

Ashli Akins

Lucía La Alpaquera

Accompanying alpaquera Lucia Mamani of the Illariy Ch'aska Women's Cooperative, as she herds her alpacas and sheep through a rainstorm, high in the Andean mountains above her tiny community of Cancha Cancha, which sits at 4000 metres above sea level.

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October 2018

Cancha Cancha, Peru

Fuji X-T100

Ashli Akins

Juana

I've worked with the spinners and weavers of the tiny highland Andean village of Cancha Cancha for the past decade. Here is one of the photo essays I had the honour of capturing in 2018: Juana Ccarhuani Ccorcca, cleaning and spinning Huacaya alpaca yarn at her home in Acopata, an annex high above Cancha Cancha, which sits beside a glacial lake at about 4500 metres above sea level. After a couple of days of thoughtful, slow, manual labour, this yarn (the colour of which is "puka chumpi" in Quechua) turned into a beautiful two-ply ball for my father. 

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October 2018

Acopata, Peru

Fuji X-T100

Ashli Akins

Alejandrina's Boys

Luis Alberto and Abrahan are the sons of one of three families that live in Yanacocha, a tiny annex hidden between three mountains and beside a glacial lake. Here, they raise alpacas and cultivate potatoes.