You arrived and visited Cusco, you are acclimatised to the altitude and now you are ready for Machu Picchu? Wait, don’t rush. Take your time and embrace the drive through the Sacred Valley and here is why:
1. The Rio Urubamba Valley, also known as Sacred Valley, is a beautiful and peaceful land of the Andes.
2. You can visit various Inca sites. The photo below shows the Inca terraces from Pisac. What an amazing view you have here. These are the Incan agricultural terraces on the steep hillside which were created by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands. The terraces enabled the production of surplus food, more than normally would be possible at this altitude.
Take your time when you walk up the hill. You will have an amazing view.
3. …and of course you can’t miss the Peruvian food – have a lunch break and enjoy the views of the Andes
You can have everything from fried Quinoa to filled Rocoto (chilli). I was in food heaven.
4. The Peruvian kids
When you visit that and other places in Peru you will notice that lots of children are selling tourist articles. Before you start judging, bear in mind that you are in a very poor country. Children go to school either in the morning or in the afternoon and if they are not studying at school they have to earn money for their family. They don’t have any choice. One of the girls was on her way home – walking – we gave her a lift home which was really nice of our guide. It was a ride of at least 30 min. Imagine, the girl was walking up the steep hill to that Inca site in the morning and all the way back home in the afternoon. Some people in our westernised countries are complaining when they need to walk for 10 min. I definitely will remember this all my life from now on; when I feel I need to complain about too much walking, I will remember that girl and appreciate my life.
Travelling does change you as a person, that’s what I love about it.
In my next post I will introduce you to Ollantaytambo. Stay tuned.
Have a wonderful remaining week and weekend.