Via Pisac to Sacred Valley
Today we’re heading from Cusco to the Sacred Valley. We’re sending our main luggage ahead by van so it will be delivered to our bedrooms in our next hotel before we arrive! Guests board four minibuses to traverse the narrow cobbled streets of central Cusco, and within a few minutes we transfer to our coaches for the inward journey.
About 30 minutes outside Cusco we stopped at Awana Kancha, a “living museum” housing alpacas, llamas, guanacos, and vicuñas, kept here under special permit. Having attempted a llama selfie, with varying degrees of success, we wandered on through to the shop selling a huge choice of locally made clothing, weavings and other gifts. Some of us even grabbed a coffee to go!
A little further along the road we reached the bustling town of Pisac. To begin our visit here, we continued up a winding road to the Pisac Ruins. These Inca terraces, built into the hillside, allowed crops to be grown on mountain sides, with each terrace creating a different microclimate and opportunity for different food to be cultivated. To move between terraces, so-called ‘floating steps’ were built in to each vertical wall. Also at the Pisac ruins, you can see small caves in the side of the adjacent cliffs, where bodies would have been buried, along with some possessions.
After our guided visit at the Pisac site we drove back down the hill for some free time in the town of Pisac. Time for a lunch snack (guinea pig pizza anyone?), and it me to explore the extensive artisan market.
Mid-afternoon we arrived at our final hotel, the luxurious Tambo Del Inka. Set in private grounds and surrounded by rivers and stunning mountains, we quickly felt at home as we enjoyed a private buffet dinner, before settling down for a good nights sleep. Tomorrow we will be exploring one of the most famous sites in South America, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.