The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today was spent exploring the Sacred Valley. First stop was the Inca ruins at Pisac, dating back to around 1440. It is perched on top of a steep hill overlooking the valley below.

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On the left of the camera on the last photo, the following can be seen

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Look carefully. What can you see?

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This is an Inca burial site – each hole held a body. Above ground, the land is being farmed.

We then moved onto our last stop, the highly impressive Ollantaytambo ruins. It was a tough climb, particularly in the blistering Andean afternoon sun. Looking up from the bottom we got this view:

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In 1536 the Incas fought off the Spanish invaders by going up high and flooding the plains below.

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Back at the bottom there was a small market and kids posing for photos  (for a sol or two).

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We had a homestay with a local family, in this part of the country it is a useful bit of extra revenue. So all of a sudden we were immersed into the real life of  the locals:

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I’m pleased to report I had a comfy bed anyway, which I retired to after a 30 minute “mosquito and other insect” safari at the end of the night.

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