National Geographic : 1913 Apr
Photo by Hiram Bingham A TYPICAL MOUNTAINEER'S HUT: SOUTHERN PERU It was sometimes necessary to camp very close to the Indians' huts, as there was so little available fiat land in many of the valleys. In such cases a family group was almost sure to gather and satisfy their curiosity as to the ways of these visiting explorers. Photo by Hiram Bingham GROUP OF MOUNTAIN INDIANS: SOUTHERN PERU The Mountain Indians were always interested in our work and usually were content to silently watch the passage of our caravans, or quietly speculate on the activities of, the topo graphical engineer. Once, however, the chief topographer was attacked by a dozen excited Indians who thought that he and his assistant were working some devilment with their strange instruments. Fortunately by diplomatic means they were dissuaded from doing any harm. Note the bare feet of the women at this great altitude, which is over 14,00ooo feet.