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South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 19th 2013

Behind Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, lies the Sacred Valley of the Inca, so named because the impressive settlements along its Urubamba River were royal preserves of the emperors. These royal estates, from Pisac to Machu Picchu, were spectacularly sited on mountains with views in all directions, and their temples were constructed of the exquisite stone work for which the Inca are famous. The valley is also 700 meters lower than Cusco's 3500mt/11,480 ft, and thus warmer and sunnier--a good place for a winter home. I first came to Pisac to explore the ruins for a day and later returned for over a week to enjoy the little Andean town. The ride from Cusco was gorgeous over mountains, still green in late April, past small adobe settlements and agricultural terraces before descending into the ... read more
village leader with staff--could have been 500 years ago
Pisac market and Incan terraces climbing the mountain
little girl and baby sheep at Pisac market

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac September 16th 2013

It was a whole planned day that was pretty incredible. We breakfasted and were on the bus before 9a.m. We went through the Urubamba Valley to the colorful Indian Market of Pisac , where native from the region of Cusco come to trade their products. Before that, though, we visited a llama farm (got to pet them and feed them and call them George) and a small traditional weaving community. Jaime was very informative about the multiple types of llamas and we learned about them as well as the traditional weaving techniques of Peru. We also visited url= Animal Sanctuarywhere they introduced us (up close and personal) to macaws, llamas, condors (flew right over our heads!) and... read more
Guinea Pig Habitat

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac January 21st 2013

The weekend started with a trip to one of the local restaurants close to the famous Koricancha temple to try Alpaca meat. Tasting somewhere in between beef and pork the meat was slightly tougher than pork but very nice – I would definitely recommend. Next on the list of eating things is Cuy / The guinea Pig / The Fat Hamster. These royal creatures apparently live in Castles these days rather than burrows / grasslands (at least in Pisac if you see the photo I took below). Prior to the Spanish arriving Koricancha was the most important Inca religious site that literally translated means 'Golden Temple'. Apparently the temple stunned the Spaniards given the amount of gold and precious stones that decorated the interior. However when the Spaniards held the Inca leader Atahualpa to ransom the ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 19th 2012

After a few days in Cusco and one almighty hangover – note to self; pints of G&Ts are never, ever a good idea! - it was time to head off on the trek that over the next 5 days would take me high into the Andes, through snow-capped mountains and into rural Peru that many travellers don’t get to see. The trek operator was Andina Travel and our guides came to our hotel in Cusco on Sunday night to talk us through what the next 5 days would contain – here’s some of the blurb that originally sold me on this trek; ‘The community trek will take you through pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca trails and staying as guests of the local communities as part of the pioneering Dragoman community based tourism project, Tarpuy ... read more
Day 1 - views over Cusco
Day 1 - Meeting the Olympian
Day 1 - Terraces at Pisac

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac October 25th 2012

Today we started at 6am, heading to San Pedro Creek and the Parque Nacional Manu to stay in the Manu Eco Lodge called Tambo Paititi in the cloud forest. Being a tropical rainforest, we weren't surprised when it begun to rain as we began the 50km cycle ride to the lodge. Unfortunately, i didn't manage to get my waterproofs on in time so i was wet through in no time. Now for all those of you, me included in this, that own 'mountain' bikes, the terrain we were cycling on was what these were built for. There was not an inch of ground that was flat, rocks stones, boulders formed the obstacle course that was our road. Having said that we still travelled faster than the car behind us. Some of the track made me shake ... read more
My bedroom
Butterflies on my shoes, that can't be nice!!
Hammock time, daaa da da da, can't touch this!!


South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac February 12th 2012

Got up for a 6.00 am breakfast as we were leaving with the group at 6.30 am for a trip organised by a local agency, subcontracted by Dragoman. Most of the group were sorting out their luggage for the trek and had been given dry duffle bags by the local agency, Andina Travel, who were organising the trek. Many of the group had been shopping the day before as so many of them seemed ill-prepared for the trek. One person bought brand new leather walking boots, a few others waterproof overtrousers, thermals and someone even bought a waterproof coat as had come away with no coat at all! It really is cold here at night and Jo is cold even with two fleeces, a long sleeved shirt and her purple Mountain Warehouse coat. We seem to ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 21st 2011

I had my first training session in Calca which is about 30 minutes by bus from pisac. It was one of my favourite sessions so far despite the children having the attention spans of a gold fish. I suppose I’ll let them off though seeing as they were only 5 and 6. Anyway, me and Nico were in charge of 10 kids and we organised a few dribbling, shooting and passing drills with various levels of success although the kids seemed to enjoy themselves whatever which was good. That evening I went out with Jose (a brother) and his wife Suzy and daughter Ariana to a chicken restaurant owned by his cousin. Was really nice apart from the chicken foot in my soup which I did not particularly enjoy. Slimy outside crunchy inside. Weird! Don’t recommend ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 8th 2011

The last few days have been good. Met some other volunteers. On Friday I went to Cusco to coach there. The kids there are not as talented but they are probably more fun. I worked with the kids aged 4-6 approximately. I helped with a number of drills/games that they seemed to enjoy. They also didn’t seem to care or notice that my Spanish was not great and just talked randomly. Really enjoyed it! On Saturday it was Rebecca’s (one of the other volunteers) last day so a about 8 of us met for pancakes at a café called the blue llama. It was all you can eat for 8 soles (approx £2). They were really good! This where I met most people and was invited to a BBQ in Urumbamba in that evening which is ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 3rd 2011

It is nice to be finally blogging from Peru! It was a very long journey but I did eventually make it. My flights all went to plan which was very nice although the zip of my rucksack did break in madrid meaning I had to carry it like a football for the rest of the trip. A bit of a faff but oh well. When I did get to Cusco we drove to Urumbamba to drop of a different volunteer which I thick is further from pisac than cusco but never mind. The drive was actually quite fun. Got to see some of the spectacular building and scenery in Peru. I have not taken many photos yet but I have plenty of time for that. Took a couple from the plane but you can't see much. ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac July 8th 2011

Hello everybody! I’m sorry that we haven’t written the blog in a while but we’ve been extremely busy and haven’t had the time to desperately search for an internet connection! Currently we are in Urubamba in Peru. Soon we will be visiting Machu Pichu, but right now we are taking 4 hour Spanish lessons in the mornings, and then going for excursions in the afternoon. Yesterday after our Spanish lessons and lunch, we went to Ollantaytambo, an Inca site. It was breathtaking and had really cool layers cut into the mountain called Andenes. We got an interesting idea of Inca architecture, and were really amazed at how advanced in design they were, for example the clever yet beautiful water system. If this was only a fraction of what Machu Pichu is said to be, then we ... read more
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