This morning we headed out from the Lamay Lodge and drove to Amaru at 13,150’, where we set out for a hike to Challwacasa Pass. We were greeted by a family of burros, who helped carry some gear and provided some great photos. After making it to the top of the pass, we descended to Viacha a small settlement and were treated to a “Pachamanca” lunch where potatoes and meat are cooked underground with hot stones. Silver explained the relevance and importance of the native grains the locals grow. After a delicious lunch we continued down an original Inca Trail to the archeological site “Pisaq”. Along the way we had the opportunity to try some traditional farming practices. Pisaq is a very impressive Incan citadel, with incredible terraces. We had a great day and are looking forward to tomorrow!
1. Hiking up to Challwacasa Pass at 14,200’
2. Enjoying the company of the burro family
3. Silver teaching us about the local grains
4. Learning about the traditional farming practices
5. Pisaq 11,430′
6. The impressive terraces at Pisaq