Oats, Chocolate/Sugar, Evaporated Milk, a Little TLC, And …Tada! Chocolatada!

Adventures with Peruvian cuisine are abundant in Ollanta, but even with consideration for all the potato-potential, Sacred Valley Health’s favorite food would certainly still be “chocolatada.” If SVH whips up a batch of this food for breakfast (or lunch or dinner, depending on time and appetite), we can guarantee people will soon be crowding for…

Plants, Patients, Promotoras, Potential

When taking patient histories, we always ask the patient if they take any medications. For many, the answer is a straightforward “No.” However, when asked if they use any medicinal herbs, the same patients will answer “Yes.” What are these herbs and what are they used for? And do they really work? With the frequency…

Brush, Wait, Spit

So far in Ollantaytambo, I have done some pretty rewarding things; however not many have been quite as rewarding as the recent dental campaign that I participated in.  During the week-long campaign, my brother, my friend and I woke up every day bright and early (unfortunately at 6:45 AM) and walked over to a nearby school.  All of the…

And Boom Goes the Dynamite!

During the last week in May, I woke up at 5am thinking that I was in the middle of a war zone (don’t worry Mom, this isn’t the case).  The walls shook when ten huge mortars were launched across the street to signify the start of the dances for each day of the four-day Señor…

One Week in Ollanta – A Visitor’s Perspective (cont’d.)

Continued from “One Week in Ollanta – A Visitor’s Perspective“ 5/21 Ollanta à Pisac We take off on a shopping excursion for the majority of the day. The market was a gigantic maze of scarves, ponchos, chess sets, yarn, hats, blankets, jewelry – you name it, we could buy it (and some of us did!). …