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We went on a tour of the Sacred Valley (25 soles each).
The tour was pretty good, and funnily enough we had the same tour guide as the previous day which was a bit of a bonus!
We visited Pisac first, and as it was Tuesday we were there for the colourful markets. We spent some money and bought some wee pressies for those back home before piling back onto the bus and going up the ruins which overlook the town. They were pretty amazing, and a bit of a walk! It´s always harder as we are at an altitude of about 3,800m here, and living at sea level in New Zealand doesn´t help much!! We were puffing getting up the steps, with some steep drops at either side which Nathan was not keen on! The ruins apparently served as an astronomical function. The hillsides are lined with ancient terraces used to grow corn which is still grown today and makes up a big part of the locals diet, along with potatoes and rice.
The most amazing ruins were found at Ollantaytambo. Lots more terraces and more building which were more intact than the other ruins we had seen from the previous day. Really magical place.