The Sacred Valley of the Incas


One of the main reasons we came to Cusco was to go to Machu Picchu. We decided to take a tour through the Sacred Valley and end in Aguas Calientes the day before we'd go there.  The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru.

Going to Peru we brought a lot of luggage but you can't really bring big suitcases with you up a mountain so we had to leave them behind. Instead we each had a backpack with a few things that were necessary for one night away. This was quite new and fun to experience. 

Our first stop was Pisaq, a small village on top of a mountain. The Inca's built this village so that it would blend in and be hidden when looked at from a long distance. They used the good land for agriculture and the other rocky part for their houses. On one side of the mountain next to them there was holes. In those holes the Inca's had put the bodies of the dead so basically, it was a graveyard which is kinda gross because there were about a thousand holes and they looked at it through their windows.

Every time the bus stopped there was a small market where we could buy souvenirs. You can't buy everywhere but it was hard to say no when someone was trying to sell you something nice for very little money. It helped to think that whatever I bought here I'd have to carry on my back for the next to day's.

Another place we visited is called Ollantaytambo. This was basically just a lot of stairs that led up a mountain so I waited at the bottom with my ruined knees. On another mountain there (I think you got that there are a lot of mountains) there was a big house that the Inca's used as storage for food. The wind cooled it so it worked like a big refrigerator. Next to it there was a big face that had been carved out into the mountainside but the nose had fallen of recently so it looked pretty mad. 

We split from the group in Ollantaytambo to take a train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride took a few hours so when we arrived it was pitch black. It was also raining.. a lot, and that did not sound great because we were going up Machu Picchu very early the day after so all we could do was hope.