Today we started our day touring a local market, where they sell everything from fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, nuts, bread, etc… After the market we drove to Ancasmarca, an old archeological site which offers a different form of building architecture. Due to the different rock type a stone and mortar technique was used here, with more cylindrical buildings. From Ancasmarca we continued to Lares town and into the mountains to a place called Cuncani. It was pouring rain when we arrived at the trailhead, but we didn’t let it deter us and by the time we made it to our high point of 13,838’ the skies had cleared and we were rewarded with mountain vistas. From this pass we could view glacier capped mountains rising to over 18,000’. We took some great photos at the pass and then made the descent into the next valley and down to the Huacahuasi Lodge at 12,585’. On the descent we were greeted by grazing sheep, lamas and alpacas. The lodge includes a jacuzzi outside of each room with epic views of the surrounding mountains. It was a fantastic day and we look forward to tomorrow.
1. Market in Lamay
2. Ancasmarca archeological site
3. Nearing the pass
4. Mitch enjoying the vistas
5. Heading down to the lodge and the jacuzzi