By walking in the mountains, sometimes you meet the best people! Make sure you bring extra food with you and you will make friends for life! This woman for instance, came and got an orange from us... She coyly announced she was hoping for a candy... and she got it!!! If you wonder what you could take with you, here is some recommendations: Brings fruits and candy, perhaps some chocolate, toothbrushes, toothpaste, pens and rulers. I bet some clothing would be really appreciated, like pants and jackets, t-***s of all sizes, but especially for children.
During the trek, you will have a horseman or 2 and a few horses to take your gear, the food, the tents to make your trip memorable. All you carry is what you need for the day: water, camera, sunscree, raingear (and do take it regardless of the morning's weather) tuque and mitts just in case and some snack. Oh yeah, remember to take some goodies for the children!
Here is a typical meal for peruvians, actually eaten on special occasions: Guinea Pigs. Lots of families in Peru have a family of Guinea Pigs in their home for consumption when time comes to have a feast. We were given the opportunity to try it out but my stomach didn't feel like it. In general I don't eat food that still have the head and eyes attached.
Favorite thing: This is a hiking trip, but not a race. Climbing at 4400 m is a challenge in itself, so take your time, rest lots and enjoy the views. There is lots to look at.