Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cuzco and Sacred Valley

The next part of our trip took us to Cuzco, the capital of Peru during Incan times. It was nice change from the hustle and bustle of Lima. Cuzco is 8,000 ft above sea level and we definitely felt the lack of oxygen... as in could barely make it up four flights of stairs to our hotel room with our luggage! 

Church belltower

Main plaza

Famous 12 sided rock

Infamous coca tea

Birds eye of Cuzco

Amazing breakfast sammich concocted by yours truly

Inca emperor statue

The Coca Cola of Peru.. tastes like bubblegum!

We only spent one night in Cuzco before heading to the Sacred Valley (proper name Ollantaytambo). On the bus ride there we saw...


Village women spinning wool

Scenic landscape

Arriving at Ollantaytambo, an Incan archeological site, we toured the ruin and wandered around the town. This is a very small town and we really started to feel disconnected with normality. We really just drank in the simplicity, architecture, and views. A group of us went out for pizza (don't judge!) and called it an early evening. Next morning we were off to Km. 82, the official start of the Inca Trail.

View of the town from the ruin
Incas stored their harvest in storehouses in hard to access places in case of invasion 
Visitors walking around the ruin - notice lack of handrails or guard posts!
Sacrificial altars
Colorful goods in the marketplace

Veggie pizza

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