Good morning Huaraz! We are just over 3000 meters high right now, so I am pretty glad that the altitude sickness is still not coming for me. Apparently everyone gets it to some degree, so knock on wood I guess, because I might not be so lucky when we do the mountain hikes sometime in the next couple days.
Anyways, I just woke up today and I am on the roof of the place we’re staying at (Olaza’s Guest House) and we are literally surrounded by mountains. The view is just breathtakingly incredible. We arrived after dark, so I never knew what to expect once we got into the city. It’s just early morning here, but I am totally already in love with this place!
Just getting back from doing the usual random wandering around town and exploring this new place. We made it through to the “touristy” downtown district and then on to the Marcado Central. So much food I want to try there! We were still stuffed from breakfast, but now that we know where the market is, we’ll be back later to eat ALL their food!!! I am especially interested and excited to buy some of the seasoned meat slabs from one of the butchers. Just have to double check that I’m allowed to use the kitchen at the place where we are staying. Nothing else was open yet along the walk, but the market was super busy already even at about 9:00am. It opens at dawn and closes at dusk, so I have a pretty big window to go back and get things. All the cuts are hanging and out in the open, so probably best to go in the mornings for things like meat though… I’ll figure it out.
Currently I am sitting on the roof top enjoying the local alcohol of Pisco, mixed with some ginger ale, as the locals do, so I’m told. On the way back up the hill, we stopped to buy fruit from a local lady in front of her house that she picked from the tree in her front yard. Should make for a good snack for the hike we are planning on doing once we are done embracing the local culture through liquid intake, on this mountain view rooftop.
After putting thought into it, we ended up heading back to Mercado Central for some meat and other things for dinner. We got seasoned pork, it smells spicy! Outside on the street, we bought potatoes and lima beans from a local lady to go with our meat, as well as cerviche from a cart to give us some afternoon walking energy.
Later in the day, a lot of things were closed because of the siesta. We probably should have taken the hint, but instead we trekked on and cooked in the sun. I even came back to the room to apply sunblock and put my hood up to cover my skin, but the damage was already done. I am a lobster now.
Our hike ended up being a continuation of our city walking. The park and ruins we had planned on checking out (Cerro Pumacayan) was just a small plot of land with garbage strewn about. We were done in about five minutes. Great views of the city and mountains though. So in the end, we just walked and walked and cooked some more in the sun. I had a good time.
Just finished eating the dinner I made with the food I got earlier at the market. The meat was very salty and very spicy and very delicious. Still not sure exactly what it was though, other then pork with a whole lot of seasoning (post below if you know). Ready for bed now and listening to all the fireworks go off outside and the dogs barking at them. Probably going to be an interesting night considering we have to be up at 4:00am to get ready to catch the bus for our mountain hike in the morning.
Taken from my travel notes. Originally written on November 2, 2017.