Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day One

Hi Folks,

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 left Cusco not so early this morning and headed into the Sacred Valley. As you can see from the photo, it was gorgeous! Even Gordon was impressed.

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.

Nadia and the burros.

Up close and personal with the burros. Yes, I wanted to burro-nap them.

The terrain we crossed was beautiful.

When we were almost to Viacha, we came across a herd of sheep with a couple of rouge alpaca in the midst. Yes, there were many little lambs and they were adorable.

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.

Gordon’s found a new friend. Anyone wearing a Yankee’s cap is a good egg in his book.

During lunch we feasted on a traditional Peruvian meal cooked under hot stones called Pachamancha.

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.

After touring the ruins, we headed to the beautiful Lamay Lodge. From the jacuzzi, you can gaze out into the verdant hills of the Sacred Valley and…make eyes at llama.

All in all, it was a fantastic start to the Sacred Valley and Lares adventure!

-Mary

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/19/24

    Greeting follow climbers! This past week has showcased truly classic Pacific Northwest weather with a mixture of sunshine and rain showers (or snow showers in the mountains).  When the weather has allowed teams have been reaching the summit of peaks from the southern part of Washington (Mt Adams) to the northern part of the state […]

  • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/12/2024

    Greeting follow climbers! Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest! With the recent long periods of sunny weather, teams all over the state have been climbing and getting out enjoying the mountains. Teams have been reaching the top of peaks across the region, from deep in the North Cascades to alpine rock routes to Mt […]

  • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/05/24

    Greetings follow climbers! Sunny skies have returned in the PNW today (Wednesday, June 5th) after a several days of stormy weather.  Earlier this week, two stacked atmospheric rivers impacted Washington and the Cascades, heavily producing precipitation and strong winds across the state. The Paradise snotel site picked up over 4” of water and the snotel […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2024 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International