The Sacred Valley
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KERRY - Today we visited the Sacred Valley for the day before the start of the Inca Trail the next day. The first stop was at Sacsayhuaman, about 30 mins from Cusco. This site was a sanctury and temple of the Incas and was in excellent condition. The stones were huge at this site. There was also an impressive view of Cusco from here
We then drove on passing some amazing scenery of lush mountains and valleys to the next site, Pisac. This site was an inca fortress set on he hillside and again was in very good condition. We we driven up to the site and then began the walk around the ruins and down to the town. I think this was a warm up for what was to come over the next few days.Even though we were walking downhill all the way the steps were v big and you had to really concentrate so as not to loose your footing!! Once at the bottom we wandered around the market and had lunch of some local empanadas before moving on to the next stop.
We drove past Urubamba where Nicola had lived for 7 months, and then stopped at a locals house where the local alcohol - Chicha was made! Not to my taste really, but i tried it at least.
The last site we visited was Ollantaytambo. We visited the site here, climbing a fair few steps to get to the top! (again more practice for the next few days.) We were staying the night here before we drove to Kilometre 88 to start the Inca trail the next day. The hostel was pretty nice, but no hot water unfortunatley! Still i had to have a shower as there were not going to be many available over the next few days!
We went for a group meal in the evening and then it was early to bed to prepare for the next 4 days!!!