Day 53, June 9 2016
Countries 7 Hotel 23
Flights 12 flying time 46.52 hours
Cars 37 Rickshaws 4
Buses 4 Elephant 1
Boat 3 Cog-wheel train 2
Cable cars 6 Subway 4
Ferry 2 Minibus 30
Coach 2 Catamaran 1
Funicular 3 Pick up truck 1
Land Cruiser 8 Hydrofoil 4
Llama 1 Cycle Taxi 1 Train 1
Left Cuzco at eight this morning to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A quick stop on the way to take these.
We stopped at Pisaq, to see some Inca ruins, the agricultural steps were clear to see but the settlement had been destroyed by the Spanish.
It took about an hour to drive along the length of the Sacred Valley, the valley lies between the towns of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, and was at the spiritual and commercial heart of the Inca empire. A river runs the length of the valley, starting upstream of Cuzco, and continuing into the jungle before it merges with other Amazon tributaries. The valley is a patchwork of cultivated fields, one can see the locals tending their crops and their animals as we drove along. I also saw guinea pigs being roasted in special ovens, they are impaled on skewers and cooked in a large clay oven pot. This area is popular with Peruvians for holidays and the guinea pig is eaten on special occasions.
The final stop was Ollantaytambo, to see a stunning hilltop fortress, we had to walk up some very steep steps but once at the top could see over the town.
Some of the residents live in the original stone houses built by the Incas. There is evidence here that the site was abandoned before it was finished, because of the Spanish.
There are still archaeological excavations being undertaken in the village. After lunch I checked into my hotel, a five minute walk from the village.