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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

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley March 27th 2015

There is so much to explore in the Sacred Valley, multiple ruins, villages......the views go on and on! Chinchero was a village that we visited and saw a demonstration of spinning, dyeing and weaving ancestral techniques. Beautiful textiles!!... read more
Spinning Alpaca Wool
Demonstration of dyeing the alpaca fabric
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley February 18th 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Todd woke up at 5:00 am and went to the lobby of our hotel in Machu Picchu, El Mapi. Today we have a little free time in the morning. Cindy and I ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant around 8:00 am. The breakfast was pretty good at this hotel, however the selection of items was much less than other hotels, but still good. One thing that was awesome about the breakfast was the large glass window with an awesome view of part of the Andes. Probably one of the top best breakfast views, next to the Marriott Hotel in Budapest overlooking at the Castle District. Following breakfast we went to the hotel lobby and worked on the computers. Cindy Skyped and Todd worked on his blog. We needed to have our overnight ... read more
The town of Machu Picchu
The town of Machu Picchu
The town of Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley September 21st 2014

Today Kelly and I took our long anticipated tour of the Sacred Valley. The tour got off to a shaky start when the tour company told us to get on one bus, which apparently was the Spanish speaking bus. After driving a couple of miles down the road the bus stopped and the tour guide told us to get on the bus in front of ours. After making our way over to that bus and climbing on we soon realized that this bus was Spanish speaking also. In the end the tour guide spoke in Spanish but would translate for Kelly and I. The bus was old and unimpressive, but for $30 dollars we were not expecting much more. And as awful as the bus was the view made up for it. The Sacred Valley or ... read more
Pisac
Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley August 7th 2014

The Sacred Valley of The Incas is the valley formed by the Urubamba River, and was apparently a place the Incas were rather keen on. And it's easy to see why. The scenery is stunning and the amazing Incan ruins make Stone Henge seem like child's play! Since we are high in the Andes and this is winter, the weather can be rather cold but so far we have been very lucky - dry and mild with lots of sunshine. But when the sun goes down at 6pm it gets cold very quickly indeed. We started out to Ollantaytambo after a lovely egg breakfast at the lodge. Ollantaytambo is known as Olly for fairly obvious reasons. The small town was an old Incan village that is really well preserved but better yet is the Incan temple ... read more
Incan stonework
Ollantaytambo terraces

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley June 19th 2014

auf ins heilige tal zu ruinen-städten der inkazeit. inklusive herrlicher aussicht fahren wir aus dem kessel cuscos hinauf in die höheren gefilde, durch saftig grüne wälder voll eukalyptus und mit blick auf den gletscher, hüter der tiere und der familie. unser erstes ziel, pisac, hoch über den landwirtschaftlichen terassen und idyllisch vor den einzig erhaltenen felsengräbern gelegen, imponiert sehr, wie es so die restlichen mauerwerke der sonne entgegenstreckt. schnaufend erklimmen wir die höchste plattform, bevor es weiter geht nach ollantaytambo. wir erfahren viel über den inka-kalender, die unglaubliche bauweise mit riesigen, perfekt aufeinander passenden steinen und die zahlreichen anbaumöglichkeiten von hunderten sorten von erdäpfel und duzenden von mais. bewässerungssysteme vor gut 600 jahren scheinen fast besser gewesen zu sein als die heutigen und die teilweise imme... read more
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window view
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley June 17th 2014

Although it wasn’t the most restful sleep, we were all quite pleased with it’s duration of ~10 hours. Following a hotel buffet breakfast we checked out of the hotel, leaving most of our luggage with them, heading out with only backpacks and feeling slightly giddy at traveling into the Andes with only what we were carrying on our backs. Our taxi was right on time for our drive to Ollantaytambo. The drive started with a seemingly nonsensical back and forth through Cusco that gave us an opportunity to see more of the city as we gradually climbed even higher to the ridge where the highway is. As we reached more remote and less touristy parts of the city, we started to feel we were getting more of a sense of how people actually live. There were ... read more
Lauren Takes a Break in a Window Seat
Brothers Sometimes Open Doors
Sunlight at Ollantaytambo

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley » Huchuy Cusco June 11th 2014

Arriving in the Sacred Valley we noticed two things which had been scarce around the rest of Peru - trees and tourists. I had assumed that we had been above the tree line as we travelled along the Andes through central Peru. It turns out that all the trees were chopped down by the earliest inhabitants and only the less useful, bushy species remained in any number. The severe lack of decent wood had a profound impact in the Spanish conquest of the country. The main reason for the Spanish military successes was the use of mounted cavalry, against which the Inca's had no response at close quarters. Had there been trees available they would have been able to fashion pikes to enable them to spear the horses, out of reach of the swinging swords. The ... read more
Cusco
Cusco
Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley May 30th 2014

When I woke up this morning the hotel was empty . Gone were my fellow travelers - their goal? the Inca Trail . My only tourmate for the next 3 days was Melanie and we had lots of plans. There were museums and a church and a palace some shops and a few more markets to see. After the Inca Museum billed as the best museum in Cusco ( it even had flutes playing while we toured) and the Cacao museum the palace the cathedral and all the shops we had lunch on a main square balcony. Later lucky enough to catch the parade of costumed dancers we ate dinner once again overlooking Plaza del Armas. The next day was more plans to see the area. We climbed into a SUV with freshly cleaned windows and ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Sacred Valley » Huchuy Cusco May 7th 2014

Well folks, this blog is about a day trip I did on Thursday May 1st as it was a public holiday in Peru for labour day. They seem to celebrate lots of different 'days' here with fireworks and parties which last all week. Even though this was only 6 days ago, I am finding it very difficult to remember......must be that Alzheimer's setting in lol! I made my way to the Plaza de Armas by 8.30 to meet Edgar my tours manager. Edgar is a great guy who works really hard at providing trips to those staying at Patricia's. Edgar is not always easy to understand as he talks English really quickly and while you think you are getting a lot of detail, it's not until you are on the tours that you realise that there ... read more
Cusco
Our first stop
The Sacred Valley




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