|We set off in a bus this morning for a tour of the sacred valley of the incas with lots of stops along the way. First off was a harrowing (spelling?) ride up the mountains where we were all sure the bus was going to fall off the side of the mountain. We stopped at a small andean village that GAP supports. We saw tons of animals (alpaca, llamas and a one week old baby donkey!! so cute). The ladies showed us how they make allthe great alpaca clothing etc...and it was a real chance to see how they live. Then we headed back and drove through beautiful mountains along the river that runs through them. Great picture oppts! Some more inca ruins and then onto Pisac, a small town. We ate empañadas staight from the oven (delicious), had some dessert in a nice cafe and of course shopped some more. Finally bought a bag to bring all of our stuff back home in. Then it was off again for some more local culture! Monica our guide took us off the beaten path to this beautiful place where they make pottery. It was so quaint and so "Peru", we all loved it. They also had a lot pets,include talking parrots,maccaws,rabbits and a monkey named Pelusa that I fell in love with. She was adorable and ate from our hands. Anyways,back on the bus again for a tour of a local home where they make "chincha",Peruvian beer made from corn. Very cool. Finallywe arrived at our destination for the night, Ollyantantambo. Saw some amazing ruins and then went to our hotel. It was a beautiful place, the nicest hotel yet!!!!