Photo Friday: “The Friendly Beasts” at Wayllabamba, Inca Trail

 “I,” said the Donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried His mother to Bethlehem town.”
“I,” said the Donkey, shaggy and brown.
The Friendly Beasts, Christmas Carol

As Christmas gets closer and closer, I’ve started to see countless nativity scenes (“El nacimiento”) pop up around South America.  But, since I’m a bit out of the Christmas element this year, the friendly beasts of the dioramas are actually reminding me of one of my favourite Inca Trail moments.

I shot this photo at Wayllabamba, my first-night stop on the Inca Trail.  We shared the campsite with a donkey, dog, and a few loose chickens and pigs.  This building was next to the cooking area for the porters on our trek.   The lady who lived here ran a tiny shop (pictured on the left), but it was the other room that caught my attention.

When I peeked through the door on the right, I saw a bed, and about twenty guinea pigs (cuy) scurrying around the floor.  This week’s dinner.  Have I mentioned that I’ve tried said Peruvian delicacy?  Roasted and eaten whole.  Not my cup of tea, to say the least.

Cuy – Guinea Pig