Ollantaytambo - The Sacred Valley

Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Monday, January 13, 2014

WOW - I can see I am going to run out of superlatives.

Cusco is a nice town - it was the main capital for the Inca Empire, but the Spanish reused much of the stone for their own buidlings.

Monday 13th January

Today we visited the ruined Inca city of Pisac which commands a view over some really amazing agricultural tearraces. It lies at the confluence of 5 valleys and so had strategic importance for the Inca. 
 
 
 
 
Even more impressive is the town I am currently in, Ollantaytambo. We spent a few hours this afternoon exploring the administrative, domestic and religous areas of this Inca city. It is by far the most impressive set of ruins I have yet encountered and I won´t attempt to describe it. Click on the link above.

 
 
 
 
 
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To place it in a historical and chronolgical perspective, what we see today was built only 700 years ago, but the technology available to the Inca was similar to that of the neolithic people in the west some 3,000 years ago. It is incredible to realise that they moved and carved such huge granite stones.

Yesterday´s heavy stomach has gone, though climbing the steep Inca steps must be tackled with care. A modest amount of exertion will lead to a breathlessness.

Tomorrow 8am we depart for the real hike - 4 days treking including 3 nights campìng.



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Heather Margetts on

Have been with you both all the way , look forward to sitting round a table to talk about your adventure ! xx

Viv Sullivan on

Beautiful photographs

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