search instagram arrow-down

Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley’s archaeological sites included in Boleto Turistico/BTC are Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, and Ollantaytambo.  Not included in BTC is Maras Salt Mines but the entry fee is only 10 soles, while it is near Moray, it is off the main road so I paid an extra U$5 for my private driver to take me there (average daily rate for a private driver is U$65). The price is per car so if I had another 3 people with me, it is actually super cheap, in comparison to the group tour of at least 12 people.

On the way to Pisac, we stopped at Awana Kancha which is a community that uses weaving as their main source of income; read more about them in the photo below. Also within the village is a llama sanctuary – probably my best models to date :p

Then we continued to Ollantaytambo; for me it is the most interesting archaeological site after Machu Picchu (in the area). From here, I was able to see the sculpted Inca rock faces on the opposite mountain. The Ollantaytambo village itself is warm and charming, I wished I included at least one night there.

When we got to Moray, it started to rain and I didn’t have the energy to go down the muddy steps so I only took photos and appreciated its beauty from the top. It was almost 5pm, I started to worry about not seeing Maras Salt Mines as all archaeological sites close at 5pm; most tours of Sacred Valley do not include Maras – it is technically not an archaeological site, it is an operational salt mine.

We didn’t have time to stop at Chinchero which was meant to be our last stop – don’t worry I was not devastated.

As a consolation, the driver took me on a shortcut back to Cusco passing through Lake Huaypo. It was not a shortcut really, it is across dirt roads, and Google Map indicates this route to be at least 12 minutes longer. It was a beautiful sight to see the lake with the sunset in the background.

_IA_7509

 

_IA_7499

natural colourings

 

_IA_7502

boiling the wool with the natural colourings

 

_IA_7504

drying the wool

 

_IA_7555

colourful weaving

 

_IA_7507

 

_IA_7552

my beautiful model

 

_IA_7531

another one

 

_IA_7512

 hmm hmm yeah…

 

Related Pages:

Cusco     Cusco City     San Pedro Market     Sacsayhuaman     Sacred Valley     Machu Picchu     Machu Picchu photos     Aguas Calientes     Lima     xxxxx

This entry was posted in Travels.

4 comments on “Sacred Valley

  1. Pingback: Cusco – IV HOPE
Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: