Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day Two

Hi Folks,

We just wrapped up another wonderful day in the Sacred Valley. After saying farewell to our jacuzzi llamas, we strolled through the small town of Lamay and picked up bags of freshly baked bread to hand out to local children we might meet on our travels.

From Lamay, we headed to the archaeological site of Ancasmarca.

The Incas used the circular structures to store myriad varieties of food.

Think of how many pounds of quinoa could fit in there!

From Ancasmarca, we loaded into our sweet Mercedes van and drove through lush valleys dotted with llama and sheep of all colors. The drive was spectacular! After about an hour, we arrived at Cuncani (12,595′), the start of our hike.

We followed the Inca Trail up into the clouds and left the valley far behind.

After hiking steadily upwards for a few hours, we reached Cruzccasa Pass (13,838′) and basked in the amazing view while noshing on a tasty sack lunch.

The hike down to Huacahuasi Lodge was just as beautiful as the way up to the pass. I couldn’t get over the rich texture of the hills and all the shades of green. The clouds were racing across the sky which made for a dramatic scene.

Our trusty support horse with extra water, a full medical kit, and additional safety supplies.

After another few hours, we arrived at Huacahuasi Lodge. From the brightly colored traditional textiles and hats dotting the space to a jacuzzi on every balcony (seriously) this place is divine. I told Gordon I was planning on staying and working remotely. Unsurprisingly, he vetoed so you can expect another post from our next location tomorrow. It was worth a shot.

-Mary

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