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Sep 24 Pisac Market, Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

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Today we are heading to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the town of Pisac. Passing through the small towns, the houses are made of mud bricks, with small windows and doors as they have no heating and temps go down to -8C in the winter. They usually only have a couple of rooms and the animals can be housed with them.

We stopped at Awanakancha, a place that had all the various kinds of alpacas, llamas an vicuñas. They showed us how the natural dies and made and ladies were weaving various products. The items in the store were very expensive. The wall hanging similar to the one we saw yesterday was 1300 Soles in this store and we could have gotten ours for 700 Soles ($275 CAD).

We stopped at Taray for a fabulous view of the Sacred Valley.

Had a fabulous stop at the Pisac Market. Alejandro took us to a silver and alpaca shop where they explained about the quality of their silver. They use 950 silver which is a higher quality than the typical 925 that you see in many countries, including at home and it doesn’t tarnish. Got a bracelet with the Nazca Line symbols (condor, monkey, spider and a few others). And a silver ring with colouful stone and shell inlay.

Elsewhere in the market Paul bought 2 masks made of fabric which we will put beside the new wall hanging we saw yesterday and have now decided to buy. The owner of the shop will deliver it to our hotel in Cusco on September 27th.

We went to Wayra Restaurant for lunch. What a beautiful setting and filled with funky animal art. We first had a horse show with ‘dancing’ horses and a beautiful woman dressed in white, and barefoot, who danced with one of the men on horseback. We had a 3 course lunch. Empanadas stuffed with cheese or veggies, quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, tamales, salads. The main course was delicious roasted chicken and pork with the crackle. Fruits and all kinds of tiny dessert things to try. Really wonderful.

Next came Ollantaytambo, a town where residents still strive to maintain their ancient traditions, like tilling by hand. People have lived here since the 13th century.

At the archeological site, part of the group climbed the 250 steps for a view from the top but i had to give it a miss. Paul’s photos will have to suffice.
In the 15th century Inca Pachacutec conquered and began to rebuild the town of Ollantaytambo, constructing terraces for farming and an irrigation system. These huge terraces make up what is called the Fortress or Temple Hill. The town became home to Inca nobility. The huge, steep terraces that guard Ollantaytambo’s spectacular Inca ruins mark one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle.

Around 5:30 pm we arrived at our lovely hotel, the Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley). It is not in a town but in a lovely green setting with a spa and gym (not that we need that!). Outdoor fire pit, hammocks, and alpacas that chomp the lawn.

The valley is quite narrow and the mountains are high. Spectacular.

Sacred Valley:
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Roasted guinea pig:
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Lunch at Wayra:
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Fortress (in the second photo down, notice the ‘natural’ face on the side of the cliff between the 2 storage buildings)
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Hotel:
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Posted by barb3389 15:05 Archived in Peru

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I found Peru so amazing. Your photos capture the mystery and beauty perfectly I would love to return.

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