Pisaq in the boiling heat

Trip Start Nov 11, 2007
Trip End Nov 25, 2007

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Saturday, November 24, 2007

I leave Cuzco quite early and go towards the Valle Sagrado de los Inkas, which is a beautiful valley of the river Urubamba surrounded by hills and mountains. When I reach the heart of the valley it's already over 30 degrees Celsjus, and I begin to feel uncomfortable. Miguel helps me get rid of a temporary marasm and shows me some sticks with red plastic bags as we go past some sleepy hamlet. He explains that if I want to drink 'chicha morada', I should step into a house that has got these sticks with bags, as it means that its inhabitants produce chicha.

We get off the bus in the middle of nowhere, and the bus immediately disappears, leaving us somewhere in the moutains. I ask Miguel if he really knows where we are, and he says of course, we're in Peru. He looks around and points to some stone path hidden in the dry grass. I'm beginning to get excited. It's the ancient Inka trail, leading to one of the biggest fortress in this part of Peru: the fortress of Pisaq.

Reaching the fortress is not as easy as it may seem. It's hot, and the track is steep and narrow. Miguel is patient and helps me in some more difficult points. I really admire the Inka messangers, who would run here a few times a day. I reach the fortress and I think it might be 100 degrees Celsjus now. The view is incredible.

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