As we descend through the subtropical vegetation, we pass through the village of Choro, where we have lunch at Doña Modesta's house. Life in the valley is sweet; life is sustained by cultivating the land and by living on what surrounds us.
At the end of the day we’ll reach the village of San Francisco, where we will be welcomed by a family local to the valley. This will be our last evening with our fellow travelers. Tomorrow, the mules and muleteers, with whom we formed our own Tolkien-esque community, will make their way back to the mountains, their Andean highlands.