"We fell in love with the hotel and Yucay. The Sonesta is a village within a village with several small plazas, each with trickling fountains decorated with colorful flowers. The hotel has a church, shops, a spa, and handicraft market. For excitement we talked to the alpacas, watched the farmers return from the fields with their animals, chatted with the handicraft vendors, read in the garden, and took advantage of the spa. Whenever we felt a shortness of breath we headed to the lobby for a cup of mate de coca. It only takes a couple days to adjust but we stretched our stay to four days."
Written by Sandra Scott who is a frequent contributor to travel publications and to Copley News Service for www.teaatlas.com.
Mate de Coca tea is like aspirin elsewhere, a cure-all for almost everything—and it tastes good too. Not only does it prevent and cure altitude sickness, it is also calming for an upset stomach and controls hunger.