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Peru - Day 4 (July 9, 2023)

Sacred Valley

Description

Packed up and departed for our Inca Trail trek
Visited key sites in the Valle Sagrada or Sacred Valley

Lodging

Ollantaytambo
Phone: 51-84-581033

Details

We painstakingly sorted our luggage in order to achieve the 10 kilo maximum weight for our trekking bag. This was a bit of a challenge because of all the pads and pad covers and pillows and sleeping bags (at least on my side)....

We joined Carl and Justin, our two trekking compadres and were picked up by Edson for a day exploring the Sacred Valley. On the way out of Cusco we took pictures at the overlook. Cusco has grown rapidly in the last ten years and is a city of over one million inhabitants.

Our first stop was "Manos de la Comunidad" a kind of zoo for local animals (camellids) including llamas, huacayas, alpacas, and huanacos. It was fun to feed them and to see them all up close. We also saw our first Andean condor, a rescued baby. And of course we bought baby alpaca sweaters and caps in the shop!

We visited Chinchero and Edson educated us further on the Incas. We saw Inca tombs in the mountainside. These tombs were pillaged long ago by the Spaniards. We finished the day at Ollantaytambo which was a large city in Inca times with urban areas, temples, agricultural areas, and watchtowers. It is the only Inca city which is still inhabited today.

We stayed in a very beautiful place in the mountains. We were excited about the start of the trek tomorrow but the lodging place was so pretty, I wished we could linger....

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Posted by rewagner 23:33 Archived in Peru

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