Chivay food and afternoon hike
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Chivay was a great little town! You meet the locals, their food and culture.
When we drove in to the city, the guide took us to a restaurant where we ate buffet style. It was my first and I think last time tasting a guinea pig. Supposadly it's a dlicacy in Peru, however I just found it a turn off. I tried it, because it was one of the reasons why I was there: experience peruvian life full throttle! The meat was OK i guess, but just thinking that it once was a guinea pig (I used to have one as a pet when I was a kid) was simply disguisting. The other food was delicious and I couldn't have enough of it. All the exotic fruits! mmmm!
Unfotrunatelly, two of us (not me) got pretty sick the next day. I assumed it was traveler's diharrea, and I WAS prepared! I had the pills! Surprisingly nothing worked and our sick travellers were ready to go back to US after 2 days of suffering (I won't add details here.
While in Chivay, we took a hike to an old cementary, where people wer buried by the base of a rocky mountain. The bones were still hidden in caves, and many in the bushes surrounding the mountain. I almost stepped on them!!!! Yikes! It was kinda scary to see all the skulls and bones, but I was amazed, by how they just put people in these caves, layer by layer. On our way back, we saw a beautiful sun set while looking down at a valley. It was really amazing!
At night, out guide took us to a supper at this nice restaurant, where we got to experience local dancing. Very, very interesting and pretty good food too. We slept at Casa Andina Hotel.