We departed Cusco city on a coach and headed to The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. After a short stop in Pisco where we enjoyed browsing the markets, we settled into our hotel for the next 3 days while we acclimatised. Qawana Lodge is in a beautiful setting, directly on the Urubamba River, near Calca.
The food was also amazing!
On one of the acclimatising activity days when the students went rock climbing, I took a day off and went walking along the river. I crossed over the footbridge in the nearest little village then walked along the opposite bank for about an hour before crossing back over at San Jose: another tiny village, nearer to Calca. Along the way a lamb appeared out of nowhere and followed me! In the small village, a couple of children were herding a family of pigs (mum, dad and piglets). I also passed a very ferocious dog who charged me, snarling and snapping and barking. I was completely convinced he was going to rip my ankles to shreds, but luckily he was more woof than bite. I admit to huge sighs of relief as he finally backed off, only to soon realise that I had taken a wrong turn and needed to go back past the damn dog again! As I retraced my steps I prayed the slavering beast was not habouring rabies!