Today is actually Friday September 4th; a combination of unreliable wifi and days packed with travel and adventure got the best of me. But I've been keeping notes, so here we go!
We had breakfast on Saturday at the Dragonfly Hostel in Lima. Classic bread, rice puff cereal, coffee.
En route to our next destination, we stopped to overlook the Sacred Valley.
We made a quick stop at Puca Pucara, the Red Fort. Theories are that this fortress acted either as lodging for travelers or as a guard post to regulate goods and people from Cuzco to the Sacred Valley.
As it got dark, we stopped quickly at Q'enko. This rock is an example of "Inca Rock Worship". There is belief that the Inca held cosmological beliefs that rocks possessed hidden spiritual force. On the top of the rock are zigzag channels that held sacrificed llama blood. Inside the rock is an altar where sacrifices took place.
Our last stop on today's tour was at an alpaca factory where a local Peruvian woman taught us how to differentiate real alpaca goods from synthetics.
After a day packed with history, traveling and lots of pictures we set out for dinner. Cuy, or guinea pig, is a common dish in Peru and it was on the top of my list of things to try out. We ventured to a restaurant near our hostel and ordered cuy, beef hearts and alpaca lomo saltado. The alpaca was by far the best, tasting similar to steak. The heart and guinea pig were both a bit tough, and though we were glad we were adventurous and tried them, are not something we would seek out in the future.