We just wrapped up our first official day of the Sacred Valley + Lares Adventure and we are currently communing with llamas WHILE in a jacuzzi. If you don’t believe me, scroll down to the bottom of this post!
We winded our way up through the hills to the small community of Amaru (13,150′) and picked up a couple of burros and the most adorable burro whisperer- Nadia. We hiked up and over Challwacasa Pass (14,200′) and down to the community of Viacha.
When we stopped for lunch, there was a display of local Peruvian crops for us to investigate. Peru provides half the world’s supply of quinoa and several types were present along with a medley of beans, corn, and a ridiculous variety of potatoes.
There were potatoes galore, giant corn, succulent meats, delicious salads, mushroom ceviche (!!!) and…cuy (guinea pig). The g-pig was…pretty okay. To soothe our mountain air patched lips, there was warm purple corn drink favored with cinnamon and cloves. Yum!
After we were way too full to be hiking, we headed down to the archaeological site of Pisaq; an ancient Incan citadel.
All in all, it was a fantastic start to the Sacred Valley and Lares adventure!