Cuzco, inca city

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The cathedral.
Cuzco is a beautiful city, really a very pleasant place to walk around. I have been staying in Barrio San Blas, which is up the hill a few blocks from the central square, Plaza de Armas.

On Friday we went mountain biking to inca ruins and down into the sacred valley. The first stop was at Moray, where the incas created a kind of outdoors greenhouse (taking advantage of microclimates at incremental changes of altitude, roughly 2m) where they could grow many different crops. It was a very tough ride to there, our guide kept lying that it was all downhill. Why are we so tired if it's all downhill? Finally about 20 minutes after that visit we finally got to play on a rough downhill stretch, which I enjoyed immensely, the girls not so much. The final stretch down from high altitude down into the sacred valley was one long bumpy, muddy, downhill riot, where the path was often only about a metre wide, but the drops off to the side kept the mind concentrated.
Church of San Blas
This was more fun from a mountain biking point of view than the Worlds Most Dangerous Road, near La Paz.

Yesterday, Sanjay arrived from England to join me for three weeks. He's suffering with the altitude, although mainly with shortness of breath like me. That will always be there, but you get used to it. Some people suffer with many headaches, loss of appetite and vomiting. That doesn't seem to be a problem. He only has until Tuesday to try and acclimatise as best he can. Then we start the Inca trail.

Today we visited the sacred valley by bus. First we went to Pisac, above which is an impressive citadel on a saddle of mountain (similar to Machu Picchu), with temples and terracing down the hillside. We went to Urubamba for lunch, and then on to Ollantaytambo, which is one of the most beautiful towns I have seen in south america.
It is located just after a tight s-bend in the sacred valley, surrounded by mountains where the incas built prisons, temples and grain stores onto seemingly impossible positions above cliffs on the steep slopes. They even transported several giant stones (each the weight of several buses) from the other side of the valley to the temple above the city (a hundred or so metres above), an effort that one would never imagine being repeated now.
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The cathedral.
The cathedral.
Church of San Blas
Church of San Blas
The incan milkyway.
The incan milkyway.
The ruins at Pisac, in the sacred …
The ruins at Pisac, in the sacred…
This is Ollantaytambo, a wonderful…
This is Ollantaytambo, a wonderfu…
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photo by: Vlindeke