Ollantaytambo

Thursday – March 24, 2011 – Ollantaytambo After lunch, we drove to the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo.  This was our first opportunity to see a site prior to getting to Machu Picchu, where we will be heading tomorrow. Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some …

Sol and Luna Resort

Thursday – March 24, 2011 – Lunch at Sol & Luna Resort After our visits to Moray and Maras, we stopped at a fantastic location for lunch; the Sol & Luna Resort where we ate at the Killa Wasi (house of the moon) restaurant.  http://www.hotelsolyluna.com/english/hotel.htm The restaurant Killa Wasi (House of the Moon) features …

Moray to Maras

From Moray we drove to the salt evaporation ponds at Maras.  Here are a few images and a panoramic of the area.  Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. The town is well known for …

Chincheros to Moray

Thursday – March 24, 2011 – From Chincheros to Moray After leaving the town of Chincheros, we drove to the Inca archaeological site known as Moray.  We did not hike to the bottom of the terraced area, but Freddie provide an overview briefing of the area. Moray is an archaeological site …

Minka Chincheros Textiles

Thursday – March 24, 2011 – Textile Factory While in Chincheros we attended a demonstration of how the alpacha wool is cleaned, dyed, spun and woven into beautiful garments and blankets.  We witnessed how local plants are used to create the dye and how various temperature baths with salts and other minerals …

To Chincheros

Thursday – March 24, 2011 – Drive to Chincheros Today we drove to the town of Chincheros.  This town is known for its textiles; weaving is a way of life here.    This community is located 28km. (17 mi.) from Cusco on the paved road to Urubamba. There lie the remains of …

Offering to the Earth

Wednesday – March 23, 2011 – Offering to the Earth Our first evening at the Sonesta Posada del Inca we attended an “Offering to the Earth” ceremony.  In the Andes, these ceremonies are conducted in reverence and thanksgiving to Pacha Mama or mother earth who “gives life.” There are many different variations of this …

Sonesta Posadas del Inca

Wednesday March 23, 2011 – Sonesta Posadas Del Inca – Sacred Valley This post provides some great images of the hotel where we stayed in the Sacred Valley.  http://www.sonesta.com/sacredvalley/  The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one-hour …