Sacred Valley Tour....

Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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172 Tanda Pata, San Blas, Cusco, Peru

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 9 Saturday 18th Sept

The Sacred Valley tour is part of the POD package and is includied in the City Ticket. Itīs a full day. Turned up at the tourist office for 8am as requested, eventually got on the bus at 9...thatīs Peru time for you i.e nothing runs on time. We stopped at a market enroute, didn`t plan to buy anything, as not brought much cash but ended up with a lovely leather bound journal with engravings of Machu Picchu on it and a shawl to keep me warm at nights.

Pisca was our first stop. The town is low in the valley and the Inca ruins higher up. Two of the 3 temples sites we visited were destroyed by the Spanish in the 15th Century. Only Chincheros was destroyed by the Inca`s before the Spaniards got hold of it.

All the sites had spectacular views and Ollantaytambo in particular probably put me in the mood for MP the most. We had 200 steps to climb up which was a bit of a struggle. I met a nice couple from New Zealand early on the trip who I ended up going around with, they were nice company. The final part of the trip was Chincheros again. This time we went up into the village where crafts men and women were selling their goods. We visited the church which is built on the site of the original inca temple. It was a very tranquil and peaceful spot.

Went to Real McCoys to see Jess one last time and to meet Rafel her Peruvian husband. He will be  taking me to Chincheros the week after next in jess`s absence. I also bumped into Luke the English guy IĻd met the week before. He was with the group from `Gap Year for Grown Ups` that he`d been travelling around Peru with, he was heading off to Argentina the next day. He is going to be in Thailand the same time as me next year so we`ve swapped emails and might catch up later.

Day 10 Sunday 19th Sept

Did my first load of washing at a local laundry today. Went to the nearest one, one street away only 4 sols per kilo - I had 3. After I`d handed it over popped into another one down the street which was only 3 sols so will try that one next time.

Went to the internet cafe in San Francisco I found last week , its only 1 sol per hour the cheapest Iīve found so far. Skyped Dad and Jay, Claire and Ellie. Spoke briefly to Nick on his mobile and then to my friend Jan who is currenlty in Monaco but is going to Bangkok to teach in October - so looking forward to seeing her next May.

Visited the regional historical museum as entry is free as part of the City Ticket. Its only valid for 10 days and today was the final day so didnīt have time to do all the museums. I was recommendd this one, but was not impressed. The explinations were mostly in Spanish and the exhibition included what looked like early flint weapons and jewellery and then a few 18th century paintings. So that only lasted half an hour. Had lunch at a cafe overlooking one of the plazas just off the centre. I wanted alpacha but they`d run out so had pork and no small beers only medium sized so it cost 40 sols which was one of my most expensive meals so far and not that nice. 
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