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South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley June 7th 2019

6th June – Free day Hallelujah! We finally had a better night’s sleep. Hopefully, we must be gradually acclimatising. The itinerary has had to be shuffled around today. We should have been going to the Sacred Valley but there is a one-day general strike today so, we have another free day and tomorrow, which should have been ‘at leisure’, we will visit the Sacred Valley instead. I asked the hotel concierge what was the strike regarding? He just simply answered ‘Everything!!’ It’s nice to know that the electorate, the world over, have the same level of respect for their politicians!!! (this blog even has satire!!) At breakfast, a man who we had never seen before passed me as he was leaving the dining area. He was probably in his mid to late 60s and wore a ... read more
Heading towards the Plaza Mayor, Cusco
One of th main streets of Cusco
Cusco mural depicting Inca battles

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley October 14th 2018

For breakfast we went back to the rooftop restaurant at our hotel and had the somewhat meager Hotel Polo breakfast buffet (no eggs and no avocado!). I had heard about the good avocados in Peru and the bountiful breakfasts where the rest of our traveling troupe stayed, but sadly had not had the pleasure yet. But we did drink cupfuls of coca tea to stabilize our rocky stomachs. Safe water is dear in Peru, especially when tourists can’t drink from the tap, so an early morning hike for bottled water was in order. Larry joined me in search of water while Dave and Celia went up to get ready to leave. Morning traffic in Cusco seems to be one dangerous bottleneck after the other which doesn’t impact pedestrians unless you want to cross the street. Then ... read more
Dave being served tea at Andean Colors
The beautifully colored bowl shaped hat worn by a woman at Andean Colors, a weaving cooperative
Gorgeous colors of alpaca yarns at Andean Colors

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley September 15th 2018

The restaurant in Ollantaytambo was gorgeous, - tastefully decorated patio overlooking the beautiful garden by the side of the Vilcanota River. Perfect for a relaxing lunch break! A Mexican couple joined our table and we hit instantly. The gentleman works in New Jersey in the U.S. and commute from Mexico City every weekend. “You fly every week from the Mexico City to New Jersey? No way Man,” I was shaking my head in disbelief! I recall the fiasco we saw in the Mexico City Arrival terminal! Boy oh Boy! I simply said “Wow! You have the mojo”. Flying every week more than 4-5 hours each way and battling the immigration is no joke! We settled in a corner table in the patio and quickly became friends. “Tell me, how the hell do you manage traveling every ... read more
Urubamba from the top
Irrigation system by Incas - Urubamba Valley

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley September 15th 2018

Linda and I have packed our duffel bags that the packhorses will carry and our own backpacks and are picked up at 5:40am to begin our 32km three day trek on the Quarry Trail. It is fair to say I am a bit apprehensive. I have heard plenty of stories but I have not been affected very much but altitude so far - a few tingly fingers and toes and that is all. After a short bus trip up a road under construction we get underway. The first day will be about 6km and will rise from about 2,800m to 3750m. Linda and I are joined by 5 others from a Gecko tour which follows the same itinerary but is for 18-29 year olds! We walk up a valley on a dirt track which is wide ... read more
Quarry Trail -so far, so good
Quarry Trail - Perolniyoc Cascade
Keep to the mountain side when passing!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley September 8th 2018

We finished our breakfast and spent some time in the hotel lobby chatting with some local folks who set up their small display of merchandise for sale. I suppose, it is part of the hotel ritual to create the ambience that promotes the Inca culture. In my view, that is great…a multicultural mosaic! We spent some time with the folks. The bus came on time to pick us up from the hotel. It would be a day trip to visit the close by interests; Sacsayhuaman and of course, Pisac and the Sacred Valley in Ollantaytambo. It’s a double deck bus with open top. The day was nice and warm and we chose to sit on the open deck for a 360 view of the beautiful landscape around us. Of course I have another interest to grab ... read more
Cusco town

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley January 24th 2016

Spent the day touring with Eduardo our guide for the day. Our first stop was to see the Alpacas and learn about the culture and agriculture. We learned about the crops that are essential to the area including the potatoes, the corn, and quinoa. Next we went to Pisac Ruins. The Inca were masters of the terraces for agriculture. Their purpose was to manage irrigation and erosion. Crops were grown at different levels of elevation based on the crop to maximize yield. It was a long hike to the top. Eduardo was very informative. Next we went to Ollantaytambo. There we saw the Temple del Sol. The rock used was brought over 6 miles down from cliffs opposite to the build. The rock was brought across the river to the build area. The stone work was ... read more
Sacred Valley -corn varieties
Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley -Pedro and Lori at Pisac

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley June 23rd 2015

Along with Dave and Claire we caught a collectivo ( mini bus) to the start of a walk down in the sacred valley. The day started off cool but by the time we were walking the sun was out and the temperature rising. We started off along a fairly flat path winding through the homes of the local people and then the climb began. The scenery was spectacular as we got ever higher. Eventually we came to some salt ponds where the local people extract salt from the ground. We were able to walk amongst them, it was fascinating but looked hard back breaking work. After a quick lunch stop we carried on walking to Maras to get the collectivo back to Cusco. Maras was a sleepy little town away from tourism so quite refreshing. Had ... read more
Start of the walk
With Dave
Tiptoeing thru the salt pools

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley June 16th 2015

Hi All, We woke up nice an early to make sure our bags were packed and weighed the right amount, and that all the essentials were in there!! We could have as much as we wanted in our day bag but we knew we would have to lug it around for the whole 5 days coming up!! Our first surprise was the amazing breakfast, it was ‘son gratis’ which means free, it was so good with so many options eggs, cereals, pasta, etc… There were two groups heading out, one was for the Inca trail and the other for the Lares trail. For some reason they mixed up the groups for this first day; as we were all doing the same tour and ending in the same hotel!! (Bad start in my eyes). Our first stop ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley May 6th 2015

I know that this might not make sense to those reading back home, but we have gotten a little tired of travelling at the moment. Don't get me wrong, we love the sights we've seen they've been remarkable, the treks, food, people, weather all have been fanstatic. But right now we are craving a small bit of normalcy, we want to stay put, unpack our backpacks into a drawer, stop, take a breath, reflect some and appreciate what we've seen and done. So that's exactly what we did in Cusco, we put our feet up, found an Irish pub and relaxed and regrouped. Now might be a good time then to update everyone on some of the general apects of our adventure thus far. Accommodation: We've been largely staying in Hostels across South America and been ... read more
Inca Ruins
Paddy's Pub
After Paddy's

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley April 1st 2015

Hola everyone hope you all are doing well. Right now we are in a place called Cusco this is a city with rich history about the city and the Inca's. The city is out side of Mach Picchu. Cuzco is actually at a higher altitude then Machu Picchu. Cuzco has many museums and in the Sacred Valley one of the ruins that we went to was called Pisac this ruin was my favorite because it had all these Incan tombs that had the skeletons of the Incan's in them. There were tombs at the top and the bottom the reason why they were in different places on the side of the mountain is because of social status if you were at the top you were probably near royalty but if you were near the bottom you ... read more

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