The Sacred Valley
Trip Start May 24, 2008
15Trip End Jun 08, 2008
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To get to the Sacred Valley we had to drive high into the Andes past Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay before crossing a valley where were able to stop for pictures briefly - but then within an hour we were down in the Sacred Valley and driving alongside the Vilcanota river all the way to Pisaq
Once we were satisfied we had enough pictures, we escaped the sun back into the confines of the tour bus and headed back to Pisaq where we stopped to look around our first proper Peruvian market. There was quite a variety of goods available such as tapestries, ornaments, jewelry, and much more; everything being hand crafted. After about 10 or 20 minutes looking round we were back on the tour bus and on our way to where we'd be stopping for dinner. The restaurant was called Alhambra Restaurant and the food there was very nice. A lot of the food was the same as what we'd expect in England, though as with all Peruvian meals there were copious amounts of rice. One of the local cuisines that was actually very nice was a pie that contained pork, peppers, and banana - an unusual combination, but very nice. It was a very picturesque restaurant with a well maintained garden and a Macaw perched in one of the trees. It was a bit of a shy parrot, but I managed to coax an "Ola" out of it, but then didn't manage to get him to repeat it in front of the others.
Our next stop was at a place called Ollantaytambo which is situated 2,792 metres above sea level
From the top of the stairs you can see huge stones which have been carved, some of which had not yet been put in place before the city fell. It is because of this that we have an insight into this great civilisation moved these enormous blocks. From atop the mountain you can see a good portion of the surrounding area, and also two carved faces in the side of other mountains; one of which is of Viracocha. The journey back from here was long, but was broken up by various stops to give us chance to take photographs of the sun setting behind glacial mountains.