Freezing while going to see some lamas & alpacas...

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girls working with carrots and beets
Yesterday we hired a man to pick us up at 6am. Yes, it was early but not as early as if we'd decided to go to Choclococha, which meant having to wake up at 4am! It'd haven been lovely going there, but the drive was too long and I wanted to drive back to Huancayo before it went dark. So we went for the plan "B": visiting the American Camelids investigation center. It was also far away and there was no public transportation, therefore we hired a driver. We left the hotel right on time, but he wasn't there. I have to be honest, I was a bit afraid he wouldn't show up, but deep inside I was thinking that if he did so, that means this would be a laaazy day. Finally it was 6:30 am and he arrived.
in our way to Lachocc
The streets were closed and he had to park somewhere else.

Last night I noticed there were some guys drawing things on the streets, but didn't pay much attention. Today the place was crowded with several kids. What were they doing? Well that Sunday was the "Corpus Christi" fest and there would be a procession. The kids were making flower carpets for this event. The different groups wanted to do the most beautiful one, so this was a competition. Mmm, by the time we'd be back this would be ready, great!

Wow! The road to the Camelids Investigation Center was really bumpy... therefore the drive was much longer than it should have been. Along the whole drive we saw an impressive scenery, which was changing while we were getting higher. The Investigation Center was almost at 4,000m high.
just arrived in the Investigation Center - CDICS
The green color from the fields was replaced first for dark green, then brown and finally a sort of golden one. Why golden? Well the only plant growing there was the ichu, which is similar to the straw, actually this is was the lamas and alpacas eat. I didn't see many farms in our way up, but a small church in the middle of nowhere. I asked the driver about this and he told me once a year there's a pilgrimage from the city to this place. That's really hard core...

Well, it was finally 7:20am when we arrived in Lachocc Investigation Center. It was freezing cold there! The driver kept the engine working while we would check the place. It was so quiet here, nobody was around and also no animals to see. I was a bit afraid we wouldn't be able to see anything. Oh well, let's start walking.
yes, I'm freezing!!!!
It was hard to walk. The air was thin plus the cold weather wasn't helping at all. I was walking very slow and trying not to think about how cold it was. Although it was high and usually very dry up there, it felt really humid too. Interesting.

We would walk for a while in order to see some lamas. In our way we saw the vegetation was covered with frost. Nice! Mmm, no luck, no lamas, but birds, big ones. So bad we weren't able to take a picture of them. In our way back we saw a man driving his motorcycle. I was thinking he'd stop and ask us what we were doing there, since the gates were closed and we just snicked inside, hehe. But he didn't. In fact, he just waved hello :P

Our driver was still there. Imagine if he'd have left. We'd have been completely lost! We didn't see lamas in the Investigation Center, but we saw some in our drive back to Huancavelica. By that time it started to get sunny. Definitely visiting the investigation center when it was sunny might have done the difference, but if we'd have done so, we would have missed the celebrations going on in the Main Square of Huancavelica. Well, we finally had the opportunity to take some pictures of the local fauna, plus I got some sleep ;)
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girls working with carrots and bee…
girls working with carrots and be…
in our way to Lachocc
in our way to Lachocc
just arrived in the Investigation …
just arrived in the Investigation…
yes, Im freezing!!!!
yes, I'm freezing!!!!
working on the design for the carp…
working on the design for the car…
using carrot for the orange part o…
using carrot for the orange part …
church for pilgrimage
church for pilgrimage
in our way to Lachocc
in our way to Lachocc
colours were changing
colours were changing
green color was changing
green color was changing
there was nobody there!
there was nobody there!
in the investigation center
in the investigation center
OMG!
OMG!
the frost
the frost
the frost
the frost
of course, with a purse ;)
of course, with a purse ;)
hehe
hehe
local flora
local flora
local flora
local flora
a hut
a hut
the hut
the hut
hut
hut
in the way back to the city it was…
in the way back to the city it wa…
some lamas
some lamas
cute
cute
love the red earrings ;)
love the red earrings ;)
cute
cute
nice
nice
in our way back
in our way back
love the blue sky
love the blue sky
Lachocc Sights & Attractions review
Lamas and Alpacas in Lachoc
Huancavelica is a charming town, but there's not much to see in the city. Definitely you have to visit the surroundings. One of the places you can … read entire review
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