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Cuzco: Sacred Valley Tour

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We spent three days in the city of Cuzco relaxing a little after the long trip from Argentina through Santiago de Chile, and acclimatizing ourselves to the altitude -3,400 meters- to which are these lands that witnessed the great Inca Empire more than 500 years ago.

We asked Rubén, the guy we met in the travel agency-shop, things to do to occupy the days we would spend there and he strongly recommended that we do The Sacred Valley tour.

The next day, just before 9 in the morning, a small bus with more tourists picked us up near our hostel and took us away from the city along the winding and narrow roads of Cusco.

The first stop was the market of Pisac, a small town located in the depression of the Sacred Valley that lives on agriculture and crafts. In the market, its people sold all kinds of works of clay, pottery and colorful garments among other things. I bought a picturesque chess with figures of Spanish and Inca conquerors made of light wood. We only had about 4 weeks left but chess did not arrive in Europe with me, but I left it in a Bolivian hostel. I will always be a disaster for these things.

After fleetingly visiting the town of Urubamba and have lunch at a local restaurant, we arrived -and in the afternoon- to the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. A walk through the streets of the town took us to the fortress that was built by the Incas to monitor the entrance to the Valley and thus control the invasions of their enemies. Upon arriving there we found a kind of stone terrace system with some precarious building that did not pass from small half-collapsed houses. As a curiosity, get on the terraces facing the mountain in front of you and try to find the famous Inca warrior face formed by the rocks. Something like the face of the Moor from the Castle of Santa Barbara from my dear Alicante terreta.

Our last stop came at sunset in the little town of Chinchero Lovers of Peruvian musical instruments, crafts and their colorful garments that are so good to protect themselves from the cold winters will love them. All this and much more you can buy at the market that is mounted in a small square near the famous ruins of the royal hacienda of Túpac Inca Yupanqui. The contrast of the Spanish and Inca civilizations is once again represented when you contemplate the frescoes of the colonial temple built on the ruins of an Inca building.

We arrived busted to Cuzco when night was almost falling.

The tour leaves for about 13 euros and does not include the entrances to the historical precincts. I recommend you buy the Cusco tourist ticket -They sell it in almost all tourist agencies - with which you can access all the monuments of the city and the Sacred Valley for about 12 euros.

No doubt something you should do if you are in the city where the beer from Cusco is processed.

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