To the Sacred Vallley
We leave Cusco today but stop at the nearby Inca fortress site of Sacsayhuaman on route. Like many Inca constructions, the complex is made of large polished dry stone walls, with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar. The immense size of the individual boulders, the majority weighing many tons, is truly impressive.
From Sacqsayhuaman we enter the Sacred Valley and head for the town of Pisac. On route we stop at an interesting Llama and Alpaca visitor site. We are able to see the animals up close and feed them. They are well behaved. (The alpacas that is, not our guests!). The visitor site includes weaving demonstrations, displays and naturally a huge shop.
We continue and arrive in the small town of Pisac but first drive up the mountain to the Pisac Inca ruins. It is quite a challenging drive but Edgar our coach driver is well experienced. At the top of the mountain we are treated to guided tour with Marisol and Hanni. The terracing here is amazing and many guests climb right to the top for a stunning view.
Back down the hill we spend lunchtime in the town of Pisac. There is a huge market and numerous cafes and restaurants. Soup, sandwiches and empanadas seem popular and at least a couple of guests (no names mentioned but Alec & Gary come to mind) try a guinea pig pizza. Guinea pigs are not pets in Peru.
After lunch we continue our drive along the Sacred Valley. It is stunningly beautiful scenery. Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort. And very luxurious it is too!