Is this place for real?

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Okay, I feel better now. My bout with altitude sickness finally gave way and the only problems right now is a cold and blisters on my feet. Not too bad, one problem down and two to go. So Iīm still functioning, but definitely not at 100 percent and Corey ainīt feeling too good either. We are preservering and pressing on seeing some amazing things.
Just yesterday, we went on a tour of the Sacred Valley, which was probably the most important area of the Inca civilization. It was the agricultural backbone on the area, which feed most of the civilization. Itīs a pretty darn impressive series of views here. Some of which I cannot explain in words cause itīs so unique. The landscape here is soo surreal, the mountains look like paintings and the terraced areas on these steeped ridges look and seem impossible to construct. I donīt care how many people may claim to be great builders and contractors. They cannot beat the worst Inca builder, which pretty much doesnīt even exist. The craftsmenship of all the walls, is impecabble and have stood the sands of time for us to see today. If you want a surreal experience, spend a week in this beautiful area of Cusco which is capital of the Inca empire.
Our first stop was at the town of Pisac. This place was great, we went on a hour and half hike up to the top of the Inca city, which exemplified that not only were the Incaīs great builders, but they had reasons behind where they built. This town was built upon a hill strategically placed for both protection and preservation. It would have been hard to takeover this place because of itīs standpoint. I have so many pictures of these places that it would take hours to upload, so iīll only take the best.
The next stop was Ollantaytambo. This was a recommendation from my friend Stephen, who passed by this town on the train. he said that he wanted to tell the conductor to stop, but the train needed to get to machu picchu. I understood exactly why he wanted to stop, because this place looked like something from a CGI office for a movie. No special effects needed here, I felt as if I was climbing a ruin that was tucked in the middle of a few mountains. As we ascended, I kept getting winded because of the alititude and the actual steepness of the stairs. I kept wondering how did the Incaīs do this cause not only were they going up the entire mountain, but they were carrying huge rocks. I just donīt understand it. So, yes, thanks for the suggestion Stephen, this place was the highlight of the day.
Our final destination of the day was Chinchero which was the textile capital of the Incas. here we saw some cool handmade and natural dyed clothes and other trinkets. Not only do they have some amazing handcrafted items, they also raise the best saleswoman in all of Peru. No, is not part of their vocabulary. They will keep throwing their items in your face forcing you to look at the merchandise. I kept walking and said no, maybe later. I didnīt want to buy anything cause i would eventually have to lug those things all around south america. After about a 10 minute of this girl in my ear, i gave in and bought the smallest trinket she had. Sheez, if i had a business, i would come to the town of Chinchero to find my saleperson force. In short, we got two more days before we trek to Machu Picchu, so I think the next entry will be for that. Iīll keep you posted.
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