The Beautiful Sacred Valley

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
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Trip End Sep 28, 2008


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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Thursday, September 4, 2008

We woke to a lovely sunny day and left early for the local bus terminal to travel about and hour and half to Pisac. The road travelled through wonderful fertile farm valleys.. yep this is the Sacred Valley. (click to enlarge the pictures)

Every Thursday and Sunday the town of Pisac has a market which is the most popular in Peru. Locals from all the surrounding villages bring their produce and wonderful handicrafts to sell and the quality is first class.

Sounds exciting and should have been, because, luckily for us it was Thursday but.. sigh...unluckily due to my stomach problems I was completley wiped out and add to that my foggy brain from both my stomach and the altitude... there was no way I was up to bargaining or even walking up and down all the aisles..double sigh...can you believe it?!!

And so Rob and I had a bit of a wander and then went to a little restaurant with a balcony overlooking the market and just sat with a coke AND WATCHED! -watched everyone else shop!... and of course enjoyed some wonderful people watching... (and as to the coke - soooo gooooood - just what the doctor ordered..heee)



Claire the girl from Sydney was very impressive..shopped for 1/2 hour and came back with a complete fashion plate outfit which even included 2 big white fluffy lama fur hats that looked like they came straight from Russia. Claire is such a classic. Only 25 and just like Lia. She does the full make up routine at all times even false eyelashes..hee.. cant wait until she goes trekking..ha Shes a beautician and has brought the works with her.. a beauty case weighing 7 kilos!.. no lie..

From Pisac we caught another local bus further into the valley to the small city of Urubamba. On arrival at the terminal we all jumped into tuk tuks (which they call electric taxis here) and were taken to a community run co opt to see their small pottery factory.

This co opt was set up by the NGO but they weren't happy with its progress so pulled out and now the families and primarily the women are attempting to make it successful themselves. We watched a pottery demonstration and then when volunteers were called for Claire gave it a shot..not a bad attempt either..

We then wandered down the village roads led by some kid on a bike who was probably the son of someone in the coopt. Arriving finally at a small house hidden behind a big mudbrick wall. This is where we were to have lunch. The co opt have a roster that rotates the visit lunches so that all the families in the coopt can benefit.

The meal was delicious the best we had eaten so far in Peru, but when the lady brought the main course out Rob asked if there was any chili to put on his meal.. bad move... she checked quickly in the kitchen and on finding none went running yes running through her yard towards the gate to the road... we're all calling no no, its not important... good on you Rob... but she was off and down the street. How bad did Rob feel?... at last she returned with "freshly picked chili's"!..panting, and a little sweaty! - poor thing.. bloody tourists..heee Everyone had saved their meal and were waiting to all eat the chili just too make all the women's effort worthwhile...

She disappeared into the kitchen and within 2 minutes had reappeared with the most wonderful mixed salsa dish. It was a miracle. She then confessed that although it was her turn to provide the meal on behalf of the co opt, she had in fact roped her nephew in to cook and he was in his final year of training as a Chef - That explained the wonderful chili dish concoted in 2 minutes!

At the end of the meal the nephew came out of the kitchen and everyone clapped him, and when it was time to go Rob gave the lady a big hug to thank her for running kilometres around the neighbourhood to pick him some chilis..hehhee

Our boy on the bike then appeared to lead us to the houses for 2 other visits of coopt activities.

One was a hand made chocolate maker,from the cocoa bean right thru to the sampling of the chocolate..of course. Then close by we arrived at a house where Cynthia translated the explaination of how the coopt grew its own totally organic coffee and processed through to coffee grounds.

Good luck to the co opt they really are trying hard and were lovely and friendly so deserve to succeed.


Motor taxis back to the bus terminal for a late afternoon arrival in Ollayantambo.
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