On the morning of the 8th, we started our first day of the Lares Trek. After a quick breakfast at Yami’s, we hopped in the van and began driving. After a quick half hour, we arrived at the trailhead where we met the arrieros (muleteers) at their house.
Throughout the hike, the arrieros were a huge help to our journey, taking 80% of the weight off our backs and onto the mules. The first day of the trek was supposed to be a 5-hour hike, but our group was able to get it done in only 2 hours. The campsite we arrived too was absolutely beautiful.
Located right outside of a little rural town in the middle of the Andes, the camp had gorgeous snowy views of mountain peaks and was surrounded by grazing alpacas. Later that day, after setting our tents up, Cash Money Productions (Mason, Meg, and Harper) made the group a stir fry containing vegetables from the Urubamba market. The stir fry was a hit.
As we brushed our teeth, our necks craned back to look at the stars, brighter than most of us had ever seen before.
A great start to a wild trek!