Our mountain lodges of Peru day 3 took us to a village visit and ceremony for the good health and blessing of the community’s sheep flock. We were able to hike up to an archaeological site of Pumamarka – a pre-Inca defensive Fort up on the mountain top with a picnic lunch overlooking the valley. After lunch it was time for our beautiful hike to Ollantaytambo- seeing the “half-moon “ terraces up the hillside and many stone granaries up high in the mountains to keep their grain and supplies cool.
We stopped at Ancasmarca and hiked up to the old Inca granaries and met some ladies who were selling Alpaca scarfs so I bought one! Drove through the Lares pass up to 14,500 ft and made it to the small village of Choquecancha. We walked part way up the hillside to a cute spot where we stopped for a delicious lunch! Our favourite dish was a stuffed pepper (stuffed with Quinoa/spices and served with a light crunchy topping – delicious!)
We then continued up the hill to some ruins for a lookout of the town square (found in the photo by the cross)
We finished the day at the stunning Huacahuasi lodge where I tried out their lovely yoga room followed by delicious dinner and a private jacuzzi! Mountain Lodges of Peru runs a smooth operation!
Kathy is at the spectacular Explora Valle Sagrado – a beautiful and classic property set amongst the corn fields and fertile lands of the Sacred Valley, Peru.
“We spent the morning on a brisk bike ride around the area and along the Urubamba River that brings water from the glaciers down through the Inca aqueducts (still in use), to the farm lands. In the afternoon we hiked to a nearby village and learned more about the flora and fauna in the area. This was followed up by a trip to the very unique and lovely spa that was carefully built among some ancient ruins.
Explora is spoiling us with 5 star food and service and the rooms have wonderful huge picture windows looking into the valley and the majestic Andes mountain range”.
We’ve been hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting (class 5), horseback riding, and hiking some more! We leisurely floated downriver, eaten gourmet meals and drank superb Chilean wines, taken in a cultural visit for the ladies to compare recipes and even played some traditional field hockey just as the locals have done for 100’s of years. My biggest thrill was the helicopter ride over an active volcano at sunset, how very civilized!
What a great place to call home for a few days, the activities offered at Hotel Llao Llao are incredible. We’ve kayaked the lake, biked to the lagoon, tried our hand at archery (target practice) all before taking a tango lesson.