Peru 2016 Day 4 – Wednesday 7th September – In and Around the Sacred Valley

September 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Nice breakfast at 7, really nice freshly made omelette and black chorizo chipolatas.   On the road at 8 for our first visit which is to Ollantaytambo.

This is an Inca town in the sacred valley which has an unfinished Sun Temple.  As we had climb a lot of steps the guide gave us each a bunch coca leaves to chew!  Just like the locals - they help with altitude and thirst and hunger and contain cocaine!

peru-034-044peru-034-044OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Slowly climbed up steps through terraces to the unfinished Sun Temple at the top.  Views were spectacular across the town and valley below.  The temple was being built when the Spanish conquest occurred hence it was unfinished.  There were lots of building blocks in various stages of preparation all around as only the first level was put in place.

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peru-034-078peru-034-078OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Back down to town level and K and I had a coffee at the cafe recommended by the guide. He's going to show us where to buy local coffee to bring home in Cusco.

Back up the Sacred valley a bit then up one side high up with more spectacular views down the valley.  We eventually arrive at Moray where there are several huge amphitheatre type sets of terraces.

peru-035-016peru-035-016OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We climbed down into the main one for closer views. The photos speak for themselves.

peru-034-154peru-034-154OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We then drove back a short way to a genuine local family house where they hold mini workshops - as a special VJV event.  K and I learnt how to make Chicha de Jora which is a weak beer/spirit made out of corn. We had a taste at the end.  Interesting as there were no additives or sugar.  The rest of the group made music with traditional instruments.  The owners mother then made us all a pot of local coffee. It was all very well done.

Final major stop of the day was to the salt mines at Maras. Here a salt water spring drains into hundreds of pools from which the water evaporates to leave salt.  It has been in use since pre -Inca times.

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We then drove back to a restaurant near the hotel (different to last night's ) for a late lunch - it's coming up to 15:30.  Done this way to avoid the crowds at  Ollantaytambo.  K and I did get a lunchtime snack yesterday which we ate earlier.

Very nice local restaurant again.  We both had Alpaca - K as a carpacio and D had a kind of stir fry - very delicious, like really good steak.

 


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