Posts Tagged 'Sacred Valley'

Ollantaytambo

ollantaytambo site

Built on top of two mountains and dominating the valley below, the town of Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca city planning.  Originally a military, religious, administrative and farming complex, today Ollaytaytambo is the halfway point for trains running between Cusco and Aguas Calientes (Macchu Picchu) as well as a popular stop along the boleto turistico circuit.   Overlooking the town is a spectacular fortress with temples, hillside farming terraces and walls.  The town itself follows a purely pre-Colombian architectural layout and style with narrow cobblestone streets and houses that have been continuously inhabited for over 700 years by direct decendents of the Inca .  En route to Maccu Picchu it’s only possible to travel by bus as far as Ollaytaytambo before boarding the train or trekking the remainder of the way.  That being said, we’ll more than likely be back in town late next month.

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Feria de Pisac

pisacThere are different names for weekly markets depending on where you go.  In Mexico the weekly market is referred to as a tianguis.  Here in Peru the weekly market is called a feria.   

Located about an hour outside of Cusco, the town of Pisac is well known for both it’s Sunday feria and the impressive Inca ruins located high on a hillside overlooking the town.  We spent an entire day browsing the artisans, hiking the ruins and my personal favorite; admiring the colorful traditional dress of the local people.