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Peru: Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I scheduled this post just before I left yesterday (Wednesday) as I am currently completely without any internet (FINALLY I am disconnected!! hehe)…I am ‘somewhere out there’ doing the Lares Trek, a 4 day / 3 night hike to Machu Picchu (woohooooo!!).

Day 8-10, Cusco

An amazing town this is, Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire and therefor stuffed with ancient buildings and also flooded with tourists (many youngsters) using it as the portal to many Inca sites in the area (or just to party ’till you drop 😉 ).

I flew in from Lima last Sunday morning after enjoying the splendid night bus from Trujillo to Lima on Saturday night, tapped in to the ancient yet vibrant energy that flows all around and booked two day trips to the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Monday to the Inca sites in Písac and Ollantaytambo, and Tuesday to the Moray Terraces and the Maras salt mines, also both Inca sites.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them and boy, ain’t that so; loads of old ruins and structures showing the Incas’ amazing construction skills!

As usual, pictures say it all so I included a LOT (if you’d rather read; the Wikipedia links inserted above provide you enough reading material 😉 ):

The Inca site in Písac:











The Inca site in Ollantaytambo:





Moray Terraces:



Maras salt mines:







QOTD September 5 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Fritjof Capra: “During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.”