The Sacred Valley

 

Today we took a road trip through the Sacred Valley, visiting two archeological parks rich with Inca history.  The Sacred Valley is and everywhere I’ve been so far is in the Andes Mountain Range.  Cusco is around 13,000 feet and the Sacred Valley around 11,000 feet (give or take a few). The day started in a place called Pisac.

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Me on the mountaintop in Pisac.  See those rows going up the mountain behind me?  Those were made for farming corn, potatoes, and other crops.

More farming rows. (Yes, I’m from Iowa and this was interesting to me)

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Note about altitude:  We had to climb quite a bit to get to the top of these “hills”.  At 11,000 feet you feel short of breath after a stair or two.  The breathing is slowly improving but it is much more difficult to hike and climb this high up.

View from the top:

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Next up was the tiny village of Andean people who make their own yarn, weavings, and knitted clothing.

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I totally bought a had and a scarf- they are so soft.  I got to bargain in Spanish and it went pretty well.  There may have been a mix up of a few words between Italian and Spanish but overall I did good.

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The alpacas and llamas they shear for their coats.  We got to feed them but they spit so I stayed far away.  Also I learned the differences between alpacas and llamas (their neck and nose) but I can’t pick either out here.

Next up was Ollantaytambo another archeological park and town.  From town we walked to the Temple of the Sun.  I was really not excited to climb more stairs.

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View from the top:

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The group at the top:

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I had a great time in the Sacred Valley and probably improved my lung capacity while climbing many, many stairs. This part of Peru is not for the out of shape!  Back to Cusco for some more sightseeing.

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2 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    Beautiful… and I figured out how to comment again!

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