Sunday, April 1, 2012
The road is thick with huge trucks taking produce and goods to the villages on the way and tourist buses - heading our way. As we came into the wide open spaces of the National Park we spotted our first wild vicuna. Graceful and deer-like these animals live in herds and are prized for their fine wool. But they are protected so the shearing is done under control - hence the wool is the most expensive. We passed children shepherding their llamas and stopped to buy some gloves from a young 14 year old who had a baby llama with her - so of course we took photos too.
A trip to the markets in Chivay was a chance to see the local community
We arrived at our lodge on the edge of a raging river in time for a little relaxation (I opted for a massage, others for a walk) before an early dinner.