Location: Volcano Misti, Peru, 5,822 metres (19,101 ft)
About the sandwich:
Edam cheese on top of Italian Salami in two fluffy slices of wheat bread. Simple choice. But nevertheless one of the most delicious sandwiches I ever had – at nearly 6000m of altitude.
To the old Incas, the eruptions of the volcano Misti was a sign of anger of the gods. To please them, the Incas made sacrifices like food and animals (Alpacas) – did’t work. The local people (which were conquered by the Incas), recommended to sacrifice young maiden girls (several mummies were found near the crater – conserved by the cold). However – didn’t work. The volcano remains active till today, which was quite a view. To the right of the cross, you can see the Chachani Volcano which is even higher (6,075 m or 19,931 ft).
It took us two days to reach the summit. That’s why the sandwich is somewhat rudimentary – no cooling. Starting in shorts from the ever-sun-shining-city of Arequipa (Peru), we needed 5 layers of clothes to withstand the cold and the wind on the Mountain.
It was hell of an hike to get up there. But it was worth every bite.
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