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We hired an (English speaking) guide with horseman to make our hike more relaxing by carrying our stuff but it's doable also independently.

The first day goes through sparse settlements climbing up to 4400 m. 

What's nearby:

Except for the llama steak or guinea pig (more or less a curiosity), we did not find a Peruvian cuisine much interesting.

Most of the dishes are simply fried.

They do also lots of meals from stomachs and viscera, but that surely "not our cup of tea".

A beer is good here, though. 

In the countryside they have their local alcohol. The places where they sell it are often marked by a red plastic bag (or flag?). We tried it, but "not our cup of tea either":)