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January 7th 2011
Published: January 11th 2011
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Unfortunately the Pisaq market was not on (only Tuesday, Thursday and the big one Sunday) but we enjoyed the ruins high above the picturesque valley patch-worked by fields rimmed by vast terracing.

Lunch in Urubamba.

Then to Ollantaytambo. Much of this nice village is still set out as it was in Incan times with blocks, narrow streets and functioning aquaducts. The ruins that tower above the village is famed as the only site that resisted Spanish attack. The temple area at the top, the myriad of water features (water was considered sacred to the Incas), the terraces, the silos and the white bearded carved face on the opposite mountain make for a magnificent place to spend the afternoon.

Train to AguasCalientes arrived in the pouring rain and we had to sort out tickets and things before heading to bed asap ready for our 4am start.

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