On Tuesday morning we began our trip to The Sacred Valley. Our tour guide and driver picked us up at our hotel and we had to bring an overnight bag because we would be spending the night in a new hotel in The Sacred Valley. The trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was about an hour and a half, but we had many sight seeing stops along the way.
Our first stop was at a cultural “museum.” Here we got to learn about llamas and alpacas while having the chance to feed and interact with them. They were so cute! We also got to learn about some of the different native people to the area. They showed us how they color and weave the alpaca fiber. Items made from alpaca are everywhere in Peru. I came home with a coat and scarf, but if you know me you know I found it at the outlet store for a major retail chain!
We continued our journey by heading towards Pisac. While in the mountains we stopped and took a picture of the valley below. The views were beautiful and you can see the Urbamba river which is a headwater of the Amazon River. We traveled down the mountains into the town of Pisac, but back up the mountains to get to the ruins. While in the ruins you have great views of many terraces on the mountain side, and you can even see ancient burial sites hidden in the mountains.
We were still about 45 minutes from Ollantaytambo and we stopped for lunch along the way. We stopped at a buffet, it wasn’t anything special, but gave us a chance to try a variety of Andean foods. Once we reached Ollantayambo I was excited to climb all the way to the top. While at the top our guide explained to us that the rocks at the bottom were local from the town, but the rocks at the top were from somewhere else miles away and had to be brought down the mountain, across the river, and back up to the site. You could tell the difference because they were two totally different types of rocks. Wow! While walking through the town there was even a restaurant named after a Disney character.
Finally we made our way to our hotel for the night, The Casa Andina Valle Sagrado. It was a beautiful hotel tucked away in the mountains. We loved staying here, but there isn’t really anything to do around the hotel, so one night was plenty. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant Alma. It was very good, I wanted to try something new so I had sweet potato ravioli. I really enjoyed it and would have it again. The hotel offers a planetarium that we planned on taking advantage of, but the telescope wasn’t working so we didn’t get to see it. Luckily, we were still able to find the Southern Cross in the sky by just looking up.
We tried to make it an early night because the next morning we had to get up early so we could make our way to Machu Picchu.
Next week’s post will be about our trip to Machu Picchu.