Peru Day 3: Sacred Valley

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You can’t really catch up on sleep, but we tried. 9.5 hours certainly helped. Great breakfast buffet at the hotel, including baked goods, fresh fruit, eggs to order, fresh juices. A good way to start.

We hired a driver today, as we had designed our own itinerary of sights in the Sacred Valley, and a group wouldn’t have allowed us to do that.Our driver was great, but spoke almost no English. We used what little Spanish we know to communicate. It worked!

We set off for 9 to Pisac. The views were pretty awesome. DSC_0153

We hired a guide at the Pisac ruins. Don’t like doing that, but we wanted some understanding of what we were seeing. He was okay, when he wasn’t trying to sell us wooden flutes, special oil his grandmother made for altitude sickness or figurines.

The Incas used the mountains for agriculture by building terraces.DSC_0165

They buried their dead in holes in the cliffs. DSC_0170

We made it about 3/4 up steep stairs to the top but Ellen stopped and then a little while later I called it quits. The altitude and climbing is tough!

We drove back down to the town of Pisac and the market. Sundays is a food market for the locals, it was fascinating to observe. DSC_0189DSC_0188DSC_0182

On the way back to the car, we came by a cemetery. We’ve seen some wonderful ones, this small one was still fascinating.DSC_0195

Our last stop of the day was Salinas. Crazy place! over 5700 salt ponds, fed by a salty river with twice the salinity of the ocean. They fill up the ponds and let the sun dry up the water, producing 150kg per pond per month. And just what a sight they are! It took some walking down a winding stone path to get there, but it was worth it.
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We made it back to Cusco around 5:30. A brief rest, then we went to the bar at the hotel for our first pisco sours of the trip. So tasty! IMG_0758

Dinner was at Fallen Angel, just steps from our hotel. It came well recommended. Maybe they were having an off-night, but the service was awful. Food, when it came, was very good though.

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3 responses to “Peru Day 3: Sacred Valley

  • brownsheep

    My favorite picture was the one of the windy stone trail down to the salt beds. It looked so wide and primitive. I did my research on altitude. I knew Denver was the mile high city. What I did not know was there were places in Colorado with altitudes similar to what you are encountering in Peru. Denver is recommended as a transition place to help acclimate to the higher altitudes. What you all encountered at the Incan mound was real. How brave to use a driver and your own guide!

  • Rebecca

    I love local markets. Always a great insight into the culture.

  • Eve Janney

    beautiful pictures – love the vibrant market shots and of course, the pictures of Salinas were amazing!

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