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Jul 26, 2009 - The Sacred Valley

Hi Everyone, Well yesterday I really spoiled myself in Cusco...shopping...eating...looking around town..having a cafe Moka again...taking it easy.. And ..wait for it today i made it to the Sacred Valley.. I woke up real early this morning and caught the bus for Pisaq to visit the first set of ruins. I purchased a Bolero touristico ticket which gives you access to 5 sacred valley sites in the Sacred Valley but I only had time to see the two main ones. Pisaq and Ollantaytambo.. I took about two hours at the first site in Pisaq..it took an...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Peru: The Sacred Valley

We toured the Sacred Valley of the Incas this past weekend, taking in the ampitheater-like ruins of Moray, the Salt Pans of Salinas, the town and ruins of Chinchero, the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, the high, terraced ruins at Pisac and the colorful Sunday market at Pisac.

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May 12, 2009 - The Sacred Valley

After a very bumpy ride on a mini bus on very narrow roads in the mountain edge we headed to OllantayTanbo (emphasis on the last T when you try to say it!). On the way we stopped off in a little village where we saw some locals. Women were weaving and llamas were grazing. The views were amazing! When we finally arrived we had a tour. We thought there were a lot of steps here but we had no idea compared to the trail ahead. We had dinner in a little restaurant where a man played us the pan pipes. Not a bad day!

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May 11, 2009 - Ollantaytambo

To get to the Inca Trail we had to travel from Cuzco and stay in Ollantaytambo where we would be transfered the next day to start our 3 day hike of 42 km. THE SECRET VALLEY Half of the group (that would include me) went the long way to Ollantaytambo via the Secret Valley and to Pisac and Ollantaytambo inca ruins. It was worth it, beautiful views, cool ruins and we had a most mentionable picnic on the river that runs through the secret valley (making me want to have picnics as often as possible - smile). In Ollantaytambo we also went into a...

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Apr 6, 2009 - The Inca Trail

Everyone has heard of the Inca Trail - it is a 45km walk starting near Ollantaytambo where you have to climb through 3 mountain passes to finish at the famous Machu Picchu . MS and I, as you all know, have done lots of hiking and camping prior to this but this was nothing like what we had previously done because of the following. You don´t have to carry your own bag When you first hear this, it sounds amazing (especially the way we pack for camping). We each carried a small daypack with snacks, camera, water. MS had the biggest day pack of...

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Nov 9, 2008 - Cusco, Peru (via Lima)

Sun, Nov 09 – Cusco: Arrive Cusco at 9:50A Monasterio Hotel, Calle Palacio 136-140 Plazoleta Nazarenas, (51-84) 241-777 Only slept a few hours on the flight from NY to Lima, but completely passed out on the hop from Lima to Cusco. We arrived at Cusco, which is 11,000 feet above sea level. Somehow we all thought we'd have a chance to drop our bags at the hotel and change clothes, but no. They hopped us in a van for a full-day tour! Ah well. We all started our Diamox before flying out, because we knew there wouldn't be much chance to adjust....

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Sep 1, 2008 - 'Sacred Valley' tour to Ollantaytambo

Yesterday we joined an organised tour which took us to more Inca sites at Pisac and Ollantaytambo as well as Chinchero, where there is an old colonial Catholic church built in Inca foundations. Taking an organised tour has it's drawbacks. Both Pisac and Ollantaytambo have both towns and ruins which deserve at least a couple of days' attention to really see them well. When you go on an organised tour you get 'everyone meet back at the bus in 30 minutes', which can be extremely frustrating as well as giving you the impression that you're...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a really cool Incan fortress/town. The little hotel we're staying in, Las Orquideras, is a few minutes from this Incan site. The site itself is pretty big, with large terraced paths and walls built into the mountainside. I am thoroughly enjoying myself and preparing for the trek ahead. Tonight I had dinner with a few friends from the tour. We had pizza, of all things, but it was pretty good, so I'm satisfied. I've also done quite a bit of shopping. Bought a few knick knacks from a local market and am quite pleased with the...

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Aug 5, 2008 - Ollantaytambo

An hour (and 75 adrenaline shots because of bad roads and sheer cliffs) away from Cusco there is the sacred valley. Actually, the sacred valley is about 300 km long, but for tourist purposes they call the 30 km around Ollantaytambo the Sacred Valley. Already we were seeing the same faces from the plane and the Monasterio. Our guide was awesome. He told us all about these places, had us climb fifty million steps up to see incredible views and architecture and sophistication that equals or exceeds the Egyptians. I tell you, these guys were...

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Jul 26, 2008 - Hiking the Inca Trail-Day 1

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 40-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft)--just about the same at the top of Mt. Rainier!! We departed Ollantaytambo for km 82 where we began our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. The Incan Trail is highly regulated as it is a very popular destination. Wikipedia has a great article on the Incan Trail-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inca_road_system#Inca_trail_to_Machu_Picchu Today is the day both of us have been waiting for. Erica...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Ollyantaytambo, Peru

This morning I heard a ton of firworks sound off again...supposedly the Catholic churches fire them off in celebration for something....they must be celebrating a lot because they sound almost every morning. And, here I thought they were preparing for the 4th of July...lol! Today we left Cusco and we were off to Ollyantaytambo. Our tour guide, Gary, was back with us...I felt a bit embarrassed since I never met him out the previous night to have him take me on a "night" tour that he wanted to take me on ...ugh! A great tour guide though! We...

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May 27, 2008 - The Lares Trek - Day 3

Day three of the trek had a more leisurely beginning. We had breakfast and departed at 9:oo am for the last leg of our trip. The weather, which had been cloudy for the previous days, improved and with the sun shining the scenery looked even more amazing. The walk wasn´t too tough. We walked, gently descending, until we reached the finish just in time for lunch. We thanked our guides, porters and chef and took the bus back to Ollantaytambo. The trek was altogether amazing! From Ollantaytambo we got on a train from Cusco to take us the last...

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