On our way to the Sacred Valley, we visited an animal rescue called, Awanacancha. Here we saw native Andean camelids, such as the llama and alpaca, and other animals, such as the condor. We even saw the condor fly.
On our way out, we spotted a woman sitting on the ground, weaving.
We stopped at a scenic lookout to capture this view of the Sacred Valley below us.
The Sacred Valley has part of the Urubamba River running through it. In Quechua, Sacred Valley translates to Sacred River.
From here we drove down into the Sacred Valley and ended up at the colorful marketplace in Pisac. Pisac is the entrance to the Sacred Valley.
I was delighted to find another doll for my collection. I have only been able to find this type of Andean doll here in Cusco. This one stands just under 22″ and is completely handmade.
After shopping for an hour at the marketplace, we gathered up our treasures and made our way to the town, Ollantaytambo, which is at least 9,000 feet above sea level.
Ollantaytambo is one of the oldest villages in South America. During Inca times, Ollantaytambo was a lodging place for nobility.
We explored the popular Inca ruins which Peruvians call, the Ollantaytambo Fortress. It really was not a fortress so much as a ceremonial temple, however.
It was so windy that we had to hold onto our hats and our hair was whipping around our faces. There were a lot of stairs to climb.
We stood in front of the Wall of the Six Monoliths.
It really was a fascinating wall to inspect up close.
Looking out at the Pinkuylluna mountain in the distance, we could make out hikers exploring the ruins there.
It’s a fascinating mountain because you can see a stone face in it. Can you see the face?