In this unique full day cultural experience one is welcomed by some of the peoples of Media Luna and then taken to the beginning point of the day. The day begins with a hike, with a true local guide, to the salt flats of Maras. This guide explains along the way the trails of the Incan peoples, and their ways of thought around the salt flats. After a strenuous climb one is rewarded with a stunning view of the flats and a walk within them. After a brief rest, the day continues with a visit to an adobe house where cuys (guinea pigs) are raised for eating – there a very welcoming woman explains the processes of raising and cooking cuys and also why they have been a staple of the Incan diet for many many years. After finishing this activity a local lunch is enjoyed in a rustic setting where one can both digest a delicious meal and one’s experiences thus far.
The afternoon resumes with a showcase on natural textile dying and weaving and a meeting with a medicine woman who treats you to an explanation and show of the valley’s herbs and their use. Finally, you end up at a house where there is a woman who explains what exactly chicha is and how it is made. Of course you are invited to a glass of this natural corn refresher before your day ends and you are whisked back into the bustle awaiting you.
Since having gone on this full day cultural excursion with Media Luna, I feel so blessed to have a greater understanding of the rural peoples of Peru and their customs and ways of thought. Thank You Media Luna!!