THE SACRED VALLEY

March 28, 2016
el valle sagrado

A tour through the Sacred Valley is a unique experience, I remember the first time that I visited this tourist site, it was definitely a sacred valley, mystical just in visiting it which transmits a very strong spiritual energy. The tour starts early, starting from the “Small Square of Regocijos” in a very comfortable bus. Leaving the city of Cusco, you get an incredible view, leaving the city and entering a natural territory gives you the feeling of inner peace. Already in the 33-km route, we are going to reach the ruins of Pisac, an Archaeological Park with walls, sidewalks, aqueducts, water channels among other Inca ruins that stretch along 4 kilometers. The ruins are impressive gracing the entire hill, in these ruins of the Inca interbreeding with the Spanish culture you might appreciate, because in 1570 the Viceroy Toledo modified the Inca construction. Descending from the ruins only 7 kilometers, we’ll reach the traditional market of Pisac, which shows a huge variety of souvenirs, the colours jump from all sides, an infinite number of memories to bring, there are many cultures in this beautiful market. Also residents of the same place on street corners selling delicious typical snacks from the region. Urubamba is the third destination of this magical tour, here is where our palate will taste the best of Cusco, many dishes paraded to our eyes, all exquisite. At 39 kilometers from Pisac, an approximate distance of 40 minutes. Ollantaytambo got a magnificent archaeological site, here we’ll find the platforms and the Inca deposits. The Andes are huge constructions that seem enormous stands. Further back, the deposits that were built in the era of Pachacutec, just an incredible vertigo which causes them because these were built on the edge of the mountains, the Incas dared to defy the laws of gravity and nature. The tour ends at Chinchero, one of the districts of the province of Urubamba located in the region of Cusco, also known as the Rainbow city located at about 3,160 meters above sea level. The main attraction is the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat built in 1607 with an altar carved in gold leaf and breathless barraco style to anyone, besides the paintings of the same church are an attraction that is not left behind.

OLLANTAYTAMBO RUINS

(Entrance with tourist ticket). The steep terraces guarding the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo point one of the few places where the Spanish Conquerors who lost a great battle. The rebel Manco Inca, after the defeat in Sacsayhuaman, had retired to this fortress. In 1536, Hernando Pizarro, little brother of Francisco Pizarro led a detachment of 70 troopers to Ollantaytambo, with the support of many indigenous and Spanish troops on foot, with the intention of capturing Manco Inca. The Conquerors were unable to ascend to the fortress before the rain of arrows, thrown rocks and falling from the terraces. In a great work, Manco Inca had built some channels on the plain beneath the fortress and flooded. Spanish horses stuck in the water and Pizarro ordered the withdrawal, while being pursued by the triumphant army of Manco Inca. Still, the Inca victory did not last long. Soon, the Spanish forces returned with their cavalry and quadrupled the strength of Manco fled to Vilcabamba, hidden in the jungle.

Although, Ollantaytambo was a very efficient fortress, which also served as Temple. At the top of the stepped terraces, you will find a ceremonial center richly worked. At the time of the conquest, it was being built some walls of excellent bill that never ran out. The stone was extracted to a hillside located 6 km, well above the bank set by the Urubamba river, and the mere fact of carrying the blocks to this place was already quite a feat. To move the giant blocks from the other side of the river, the Incas had to drag them to the bank and divert the flow around. The 6-km excursion to the Inca quarry on the other shore, it is a good walk from Ollantaytambo. Part of the bridge at the entrance to the village takes a few hours to reach the destination. On the way, there are several abandoned stone blocks, called “tired stones”. If you look back to Ollantaytambo, you will see the enigmatic optical illusion of a pyramid in the fields and walls of the fortress, that some scholars believe marks the legendary place where the first Incas gushed from the earth.

MORE TO EXPLORE IN OLLANTAYTAMBO

Captivated by this village? Because there is much work still to be done:

Explore the ruins of Pinkulluna, with beautiful views of the village (and this is free!). You go down the street Lari. The path is very steep, so walk carefully and with good boots fit gripping.

Hiking to Intipunku, an ancient Inca viewpoint.

Go walking or mountain biking to Pumamarka, an almost forgotten Inca site. Half-day route.