Sunday, October 21, 2007

Urubamba Valley

The Urubamba River was of great significance to the Incas and this is clear from the many sites they built nearby. Our Gap Adventure truly began here with a tour of the Urubamba Valley. Our bus left Cuzco and drove towards Sacsayhuaman, or, Sexy Woman (below), if you prefer, the ruins of a sanctuary and temple to the sun.

Our next stop was at the village where our porters, or "angels" are from. We stopped to feed the llamas and alpacas and had the chance to buy handmade crafts made in the ancient tradition.

View from the bus

The next scheduled stop was at the ruins of Pisac, which are perched on the mountain 30 km north of Cuzco:

We had lingered too long at Pisac, so by the time we arrived at Ollantaytambo, the sun was just beginning to set so I have few pictures to share... :(


Update October 25: There was an article in today's Star about the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is what the Urubamba Valley is also known as, and it covered all the sites in this post and more. Click here for more information if you are so inclined.

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