Here’s the elevation image:
It was FREEZING! All the water froze over through the night. We had a late morning, cooking hot water for milo and to melt the rest of the water. The tent was covered frost/ice. We are so lucky to have such great sleeping gear- we did not feel cold at all (except for when we woke up in the morning). Brady’s cold/ flu got worse…..
After biking for 80KM on the second day, we tried looking for another wild campsite. It was so hard since the areas were abound with Llamas, which mean that there are mountain people tending to the herds. The mountain people are stealthy and they always appear from nowhere! They build their house with stacked rocks and you won’t even know that they were there. Anyways- we got lucky and arrived at Quillcaccasa to find hostels– This time, it was in a house made out of mud (like the majority of houses in rural Peru).
Meanwhile– not so far away- they were skinning these llamas- I asked the lady what she was going to use it for– she looked at me weird and said “for bedding, of course!”. She was also drying lots and lots of llama meat along the road.
I’m still trying to gather my wits to try Alpaca meat.
Mary, the owner of the hostel we were staying at Quillcaccasa. She served really good cheese soup. Weird, but delish– WAAAY better than the trout soup that I had today.
Today was an easy day as we wind downhill to the town of Calhuanca. We biked for 3 hours or so and found a hostel with Wi-Fi, hot water and clean bedding. We are in heaven. Brady needs to get better. First shower in three days!
Where we are now (elevation 2900m) feels really hot and low in altitude in comparison to the 4500m that we did all day yesterday. More downhill tomorrow! Below is a pic of Brady taken by Gopro, doing 60km/hr descent during the steeper sections. The landscape turned into canyons as we followed the river downhill. I’ll upload videos later.