El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley)

25 05 2009

I took my first trip out of Cusco to the Sacred Valley on Sunday. Once out of the city, I felt like I was in a completely different world. The landscape was beautiful, and it didn´t smell like car exhaust!

The Sacred Valley is only a short distance outside of Cusco, and it has several incredible ancient Incan ruins.

Not only was the architecture amazing (They used four different techniques for building), but what really amazed me was how they were able to build their fortresses on such steep mountains.

At the end of the day, women dressed in traditional garb demonstrated how the natives make clothes out of Alpaca. They use seeds and natural elements to dye the clothing. I bought a really warm reversible beanie.

Finally, we visited an old church built in the 1600s. It was full of old paintings and ornate decorations. All in all, it was a long but  great day. I slept very well last night!

Incan ruins!

Incan ruins!

Children in traditional clothing

Children in traditional clothing



One response

25 05 2009

Looked at your pics…everything looks awesome! Very surprised there’s mac n cheese at the grocery store HAHA…I don’t even remember it being in Spain!

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