Peru Day 4: To Huacahuasi
Departed Lamay for Huacahuasi, in the Lares valley.Dr. Eusebio Corazao Quintanilla has no Wikipedia entry, alas, but he is remembered in his hometown and now in Los Alamos. How many small Andean towns have a mathematician for a hero? How many towns anywhere? This was a delightful and memorable surprise.
More driving. An hour’s stop at Ancasmarca to stretch our legs and view an Inca granary. More driving; a short walk through a commercial hot-baths place (including some Inca Trail time). Lunch by a small river. Finally, another short drive to get us to our trailheads: again splitting into two groups, one with a short hike and one with a longer one. I chose the latter.
The hike was spectacular. Easy terrain and only a gradual slope; even with the altitude, it was easy to set a comfortable pace up to Cruzccasa Pass. Far ahead there was another person walking up, visible in a brightly colored head covering. I was curious because we had so far met few people on our walks. My pace was a little faster—unsurprising in hindsight—and I caught up just at the pass: it was a Quechua woman carrying wares for sale. Weavings, tchotchkes, even beer. At the pass she unfolded her blanket and spread out her display in a few short seconds; swiftly, efficiently, elegantly. I was to see this over and over again the next few days, but never lost my amazement at the grace with which these vendors set up.
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We reached our lodge at twilight. This lodge had private outdoor hot tubs, and after dinner Ginger and I soaked and stargazed. Southern Cross—achievement unlocked.