Chef is picking up his stuff. There’s a market here as well. Pronounced cow-ka.
Chicha Mora drink Garlic bread and sauce Pumpkin soup Corn carrots beans Rice and carrots Potatos with wedges of egg Fish with tomato and onions Lupenz incan food
We took a nap for a couple hours after arriving at our first camp and sadly missed the “give chocolates to the locals” exchange.
Got ready for bed and it was hella cold! Thankfully our sleeping bags were really warm and we had our Cusco toque and newly-acquired mitts to keep us warm.
Woke up this morning at 5:30am to fresh coca tea brought to our tent.
And so began day two!
We took a quick snack break in the fog to have some bananas and trail mix.
Took a ten minute break to have some coca tea.
There is an ominous scarecrow that welcomes hikers to the Lares Trek’s highest point. We reached the pass just before 1pm and had a brief celebration. This was definitely one of the hardest hikes we’d done and we were only about halfway through!
After descending the pass we were feeling pretty ok overall, but as soon as we sat to eat lunch a splitting headache took over our brains and knocked us out.
We could barely eat.
A few cucumber slices later we called it quits and tried to take a nap for a bit. We managed about half an hour before we had to be off again.
When we arrived at this camp we were still feeling the effects of the altitude. Our guide made the tough call to ask our team to pack everything back up and move down a few hundred meters to another camp site.
We had to cross this gate by tossing our bags over and grabbling the sides of the fence as we pulled ourselves around.
By decision of our guide we moved to a lower elevation in order to avoid having our altitude sickness get any worse. This involved having our team repack all of the gear sadly, but it was definitely the right decision given how much better we felt the next morning.
We slept for about 8 hours, from 10pm to 6am. The headaches we had the night before from the altitude thankfully disappeared and we were ready to take on day three!
This dog followed us all the way from the first day, over the peak and all!
Saw this view shortly after breakfast. Our goal was to get to the end of this valley by early afternoon. We left at about 9am and arrived at about 12:15pm.
On the last day of our trek we came across these Incan ruins and had an opportunity to explore them. They’re not maintained at all so they’re falling apart in a number of ways, but we could still get a sense of what they may have looked like long ago.
Tastes like pork when fried.
Many of the walls used to be covered in plaster as a means of decoration. Most of the plaster has fallen off by now.
The trademarks of Incan architecture include thick walls and a lean of 13 degrees inward, apparently to survive earthquakes.
We took a long break at this part of the river. We watched three local kids catching fish with their hands while we ate apples and oranges.
The river always won.
After two and a half days of hiking we made it to the end of the Lares Trek!
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