The Sacred Valley, Part II

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A typical street with a typical stunning backdrop in Ollantaytambo.

The second day of our Scared Valley tour saw us head out to Ollantaytambo. For some reason our usual rule of not wandering off with people on the street offering us cheap accommodaion went out the window, and while the bed was comfy, the hot running water was non-existant. Oh well, it did cost about two pounds a night so complaining would seem churlish. Having checked out the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo (impressive, but not as good as Pisac), we returned to Cusco via a couple of other Inca sites. Firstly Moray, which Michelle loved. The site consists of a kind of concentric circular pattern of terraces, which while looking like something created to communicate with beings visiting from galaxies far, far away, were actually carefully controlled micro-climates for the purposes of agricultural research, or in layman's terms, "what grows best where". We then went on to the Salinas de Moras, in which naturally salty water is channelled into layer upon layer of shallow pond-like salt-pans, where the water is left to evaporate, allowing the salt to be harvested. This has been going on in much the same way for at least 500 years, and it also looks really good. Finally we headed out to Chinchero, or "the birthplace of the rainbow", with, yes, more terraces, as well as a nice little town, the old section of which is built enirely on Inca foundations. So, despite the lack of Machu Picchu, we both feel like we've totally Inca'd it up, horay!

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A typical street with a typical st…
A typical street with a typical s…
Ruins at Ollantaytambo, once an In…
Ruins at Ollantaytambo, once an I…
Inca terraces at Moray, not an ali…
Inca terraces at Moray, not an al…
Another view of the terraces at Mo…
Another view of the terraces at M…
Salinas de Maras, or Inca salt pan…
Salinas de Maras, or Inca salt pa…
More Inca terraces in the village …
More Inca terraces in the village…
Village of Chinchero, a little Cat…
Village of Chinchero, a little Ca…
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