30 May 2016 Azulcocha, Asungate Mountain

Wow. wow. wow.  I have a hard time imagining that there is any other place as beautiful on this earth.  

Today we woke up bright and early to hike from our Pacchanta homestay deep into the Andean Mountains.  Some of us accompanied by horses, we made our way through beautiful valleys, llama farms, and snowcapped peaks until we reached one of the most beautiful overlooks I have ever seen.

Dozens of lakes in different shades of blue covered the valley below the Andean mountain rage.  The view was absolutely breathtaking and we couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear, despite the high elevation (4800 meters) and constantly changing weather.  Sometimes we don’t realize just how much the sacrifice is worth.  We stopped to take dozens of photos along the way, and every photo turned out better than the last.

Our adventures took us nearly the entire day as we maneuvered our way through a myriad of lakes, valleys, and alpacas.  We stopped for lunch at the base of the Ausangate Mountain (one of the most famous in Peru) and enjoyed traditional Peruvian Guacamole, cheese, and sweet bread.  It was delicious and very authentic to the region.

After lunch we began our descent back down the mountain, sad to be leaving such a beautiful place but anxious to return to a normal altitude level.  We slowly made our way back down to Pacchanta, and then onwards to Cusco.

Tomorrow we fly to the Amazon – that will sure be a change in scenery!

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