Hiking in The Sacred Valley

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Plaza de Armas, Cusco

We left our suitcases in the hotel, for the next two nights we had our backpacks.

 

First we walked to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, from there we had a transfer to Moray. In Moray we saw the circular Inca agricultural terracing. Very interesting. The terraces are partly in their original condition and partly renovated.

Then we started a 4 hour guided hike through The Sacred Valley. At the beginning we enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful scenery. But in a short time the paths became narrow and more narrow, steep and more steep. We left the paths and climb up and down the fields and the terrain. Needed a hand every now and then. At a certain point the guide told the guys to help the ladies (what they did all the time, more than the guide himself ;-( )

This track was very difficult. Steep (watching down and going up), slippery, nothing to hold on and last but not least a very strong wind.

Finally we all made it, I’m grateful for the helping hands and the encouraging words!!

 

From this point we had great views on Las Salinas, salt pans coming down the mountain like a big waterfall!

 

Then the last track of the hiking was going down-hill. We had lunch in the garden of a local family. From there we drove (a short distance) to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we visited the great fortress. A place of great sacred and military importance to the Incas.

The fortress is a walled complex, including the Temple of the Sun.

A lot of climbing (irregular and steep steps) again, but very interesting. The guide was very informative.

 

Finally we went to a tent camp (close to Ollantaytambo). It was already dark when we arrived. So we searched our tents with help of our flashlights.

At night the staff prepared a so called Pachamanca meal (food, mainly meat and potatoes, buried with hot stones). I didn’t like it very much, but it was a nice experience!

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Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Moray
Moray
Starting the hike
Starting the hike
Jump!
Jump!
Helping hands
Helping hands
Las Salinas (salt pans)
Las Salinas (salt pans)
Lunch, well deserved :-)
Lunch, well deserved :-)
Warehouses Ollantaytambo
Warehouses Ollantaytambo
The fortress
The fortress
Overlooking the village
Overlooking the village
Good job!
Good job!
Our guide
Our guide
Incredible pieces of stone, Temple…
Incredible pieces of stone, Templ…
Village
Village
Preparing the Pachamanca meal
Preparing the Pachamanca meal
Ollantaytambo
photo by: lrecht