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Urubamba

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  • Day8

    Sacred Valley Horse Tour

    July 1, 2016 in Peru

    Today we rode Peruvian Paso horses through the Sacred Valley of the Andes mountains. The views were stunning! Our tour guide for today and tomorrow's adventures is Willy. He is very nice and knowledgeable.
    We rode an hour out, to Moray, a huge earthwork that is essentially circular stacked levels of earth used by the Incas as a testing ground for plants. There is a significant temperature difference from the top to the bottom and therefore different plants thrived at different levels.
    We had lunch in a tent overlooking the valley. Not a bad picnic spot! Food was made by a chef who works for the today's tour company and it was delicious - beef, quinoa, veggies and apple pie for dessert.
    On the way back we were able to ride a bit faster, but despite our understanding that Paso horses have a particularly smooth gate, it felt just like a trot to me! May have a sore behind tomorrow but still very much worth it!
    Next we went to the Maras salt mines - 3000 small pools of mountainous salty spring water that are dried so that water evaporates and leaves salt. We bought some pink salt on our way out which is supposed to be great for BBQ.
    We rested at the hotel in the late afternoon and ate dinner at the hotel. Dave had the Peruvian delicacy of fried Guinea pig (for $20!). Ken and I opted not to try it. There wasn't much meat there to try! And they included a shot of anise afterwards to "help the stomach" after eating it. More card games after dinner and off to bed...
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  • Day22

    Cusco vers Urubamba

    January 18, 2017 in Peru

    Aujourd'hui, entre Cusco et Urubamba, nous nous sommes arrêtés à Pisaq situé à 33 km de Cusco. Nous prenons donc le collectivo qui nous coûte 8 soles pour 1h de transport (environ 3$ pour les 2!). Pas très cher vous le constaterez. Arrivés à Pisaq, nous prenons un taxi qui nous amène en haut de la montagne où il y des ruines de bâtiments religieux, de cultures et urbains. Il ont été construits à l'apogée du règne des Incas et c'est très impressionnant de les voir tout au haut de la montagne! Les champs en terrasses sont aussi bien présents, lesquels étaient utilisés à l'époque pour faire pousser tous leurs produits d'agriculture.

    En revenant, nous nous sommes arrêtés au marché de la ville. Encore là, ils vendent quasiment le même stock! Par la suite, on a continué notre chemin pour Urubamba, toujours en collectivo, pour une autre heure.

    Rendu sur place, nous allons marcher dans les petites rues, essayant de nous perdre :-). Il n'y a pas beaucoup de touristes. Il y a un marché public dans les rues. On décide de marcher à travers et de se rendre au fameux restaurant "El Hucatay". Et encore là, quel délice! On a mangé un carpaccio dAlpaga, bœuf braisé avec pâtes, truite croûté avec une salade de quinoa, et un brownie avec sa super bonne crème glacée faites maison. Menoum!!!! Cuisine italienne et péruvienne, ça fait un méchant bon mixte. On y a aussi bu le meilleur Pisco Soir ever! Il tait aux herbes, quel délice!

    On rentre au bercail car demain nous avons plusieurs activités dans cette région.

    Chao!
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  • Day46

    Sacred Valley

    January 10, 2017 in Peru

    The sacred Valley is home to many of the Inca ruins (except the big one) and we thought we would do a tour and see a few.
    We started at Moray which has a number of circular terraces. Each terrace has a slightly different micro climate which the Inca's used as a growing laboratory.
    Maras has salt mining where salt rich water from the mountain flows into pools from which the water evaporates and your left with salt.
    Ollantaytambo has very impressive Inca ruins built into the side of a mountain.
    Pisac has equally impressive ruins built on a mountain with a heap of terracing.
    Both Inca ruins would be amazing places to visit and would be big draw cards anywhere in the world but obviously Machu Picchu is why everyone comes to Cusco/Peru.
    It was great day that left me saying wow many times over the views were Spectacular and you couldn't quite comprehend how these places got built.
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