Holidays in Perú (July 3 2015)

On the 3rd we woke up early to go to Ollantaytambo. Breakfast was included and we had asked if we could get a gluten-free one. Fortunately for us we were advised they couldn’t get gluten-free crackers to replace the bread, so we asked for boiled eggs instead.

Continental breakfast minus bread

Continental breakfast minus bread (plus eggs, not pictured)

We jumped on the bus to Ollantaytambo, stopping to take some photos of the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley) and then at the Inca city Pisaq.

Valle Sagrado

Valle Sagrado

Corn

Corn

Pisaq

Pisaq

We also visited the Pisaq town and market, where we could see how the locals dry corn out in the sun.

Pisaq market

Drying corn

Then the bus took us to Puka Punku for a lunch buffet. Good value for the money (S/. 35, $14.89 per person excluding drinks). Not everything was great but some dishes were really tasty (e.g. carapulcra, seco, a “salad” made with potato chips, ham and onions, tarwi ceviche).

Hacienda Puka Punku

Lunch buffet

Lunch buffet

Lunch buffet

Lunch buffet

Soups

Below are my plates. I ended up stuffed, but not in a bad way.

Entreés

Leek soup

Mains

Alvaro ordered a chicha morada (purple corn drink). Too bad he couldn’t finish because he was stuffed, too.

Chicha morada

Chicha morada

After lunch we visited Ollantaytambo with its classic andenes and stone stairs.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Before boarding the bus, we went to Choco Museo, a chocolate franchise that has shops in some cities of Perú. We tried a few types of cacao nibs and bought some bonbons (one with salt, one with chili and one with coffee beans), all great. FYI they also sell personal care products, including condoms.

Choco Museo

Choco Museo

Choco Museo

Choco Museo

Choco Museo

Choco Museo

Later that night we ate some dark chocolate with coca leaf in the hotel. Quite sweet (it said 70% cacao) but very tasty.

Dark chocolate with coca leaf

Dark chocolate with coca leaf

Dark chocolate with coca leaf

Dinner was trucha a la plancha, grilled trout, served with chips, rice and salad, bought at one of the local cheap restaurants.

Grilled trout, chips, rice, salad

Grilled trout, chips, rice, salad (S/. 15, $6.38)

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