Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
This morning at around 9am you'll board a private bus for the Sacred
Just outside of Cusco you will visit the fortress ruins of
Sacsayhuaman. The massive stone blocks forming the settlement's
walls give you an idea of the ingenuity and military strength of the
Incas. After this included visit you will continue on to the Sacred
Valley. Treasured for its climate, fertile land and the Urubamba
(Sacred) River, the valley has long been the main source of food in
the high Andes.
You'll visit a nearby community to gain insight into the local
lifestyle, here you'll also enjoy an included lunch.
If it happens to be market day, wander the stalls in search of hand
painted beads and ponchos. Enjoy lunch with the community.
Afterwards, continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Built over an
ancient Incan settlement, this is one of the few places where the
Incas defeated the Spanish. The ruins of the upper terraces offer
great photo opportunities over the town below.
Inka fort above Cusco
Cusco from the fort ruins
Hand rail held by hole in the rocks
Alpaca wool dying
Insect living on prickly pear. This is crushed to make red
colouring - "cochineal"
Foot operated reciprocating lathe
the potato a girl must be able to peel to qualify for marrage
Laying down a meal in earth oven
Our host for the meal
Our local guide, Lilly, and translator for to-day did very
Thanking the Earth Mother for the meal
Local pottery production
Lifting the meal after 35 minutes of cooking
Steak, chicken and pork
Mountain side hotel rooms
Inka buildings and gardens