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Jun 19, 2007 - Lares Trek day 1 - Kiswarani - Huchu'y Qasa - Chakiqocha

We started out on our trek after lunch. It didn't take too long for the combination of heat, full stomachs, altitude and steep terrain to leave all of us puffing heavily. The trail ascended sharply towards our first pass at 4000m and even the fittest amongst us were surprised at how tough it was. After about an hour, our assistant guide, Juan Carlos, broke out the coca leaves. A few words about coca........ Coca has been used by Peruvians since the 6th century AD, by the Moche and then by the Incas. While it certainly has significant...

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