Friday, August 14, 2015
At Ancasmarca we visited a site of pre-Incan colcas, or food stores which were impressive but not as much as the surroundings of peaks, glaciers and valley below. We were also much taken by the friendly dog who trailed us round.
Then came Lares Pass at 4461m, cold and snowy with zigzag roads either side; and lunch in a small town where chickens and dogs wandered around the square and women gathered in small groups, gossiping, all wearing bright traditional clothing from head to sandalled toe.
Then began the hike - 3 hours of heavy breathing and pounding hearts, with lots of breaks for admiring the scenery. The animals helped: llamas laden and not, alpacas, horses, mules, donkeys and sheep.
Also kids: cute and shy, in bright clothes, grubby but lively, wandering the pastures with dogs and pups and not too afraid to accept gifts of snacks.