Mama Natividad, her 5 year old daughter, and elderly mother were already in the kitchen getting another multi-course meal ready when I was making my first cup of coffee. Even with
6 of us eventually in the kitchen, there was hardly any talking as we all stared off at the white mountains and the cloud banks floating between the different peaks and ridges. Later, we were too busy feasting on pancakes with fried bananas, choclo con queso, and fresh bread with jam to say much of anything.
It stayed pretty quiet as we packed our bags, said good bye to the 3 generations of family that had shown us such hospitality, and began a long downhill hike to the town of Calca.
It was a rapid transition from high alpine meadows, rocks, and jagged peaks to lush green foliage and overhanging flowers. The recent rains had also turned streams into pounding rivers and created small waterfalls from rock outcroppings.
It was a slow 4 hour walk down to the valley, and I think we were all a little disappointed the trek was over as we crossed the bridge into Calca. I can at least say for certain that I will make another visit to Huchuy Cusco and Mama Natividad’s guest house before I leave Peru; and would strongly recommend the 2 day trip to anyone considering a visit to Cusco or the Sacred Valley.