Monday, February 13, 2012

Sacred valley

Today after 2 days of rest in Cusco, we started our tours of the sacred valley and tomorrow machu picchu. Our day began in Cusco, with a bus rude up and over the one side if the Andes mountains. I had heard the roads could be really bad, but we found them great. Our tour guide made a few stops along the way so we could learn about the different wools of the alpaca and llama. We also stopped along the way to take in the breath taking views. Mountains are always fun to photograph and the Andes are no different. The views of the Sacred Valley as we came to the crest of the mountains and looked out over the valley with the headwaters of the amazon running through the center....breathtaking. In the afternoon we made it to the town of Ollantaytambo. This is where there is an important archaeological site that we spent a couple of hours learning about the inca history and helped us to get some insight for touring machu picchu tomorrow. It was great to be able to walk and even jog up the steps to the top of the site and look out over the valley and amaze at the work it must have been to build this military fort that protected the sacred valley. We had a really good guide that was a very scollared man who we could tell was passionate about Peru. I hope to be able to post pictures tomorrow!

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