FUN-travel: South America: Cusco to Sacred Valley, Peru

February 29, 2012 by  

Day 16 – Sunday, February 19 – Cusco to Sacred Valley – blue skies mixed w/light clouds – 60’s

Alpaca Thread Dying

  • Good News – wake up to sunshine!

Carnaval in Pisaq

  • Good News – full day excursion starts @ 9:30 (whenever we want!)
  • 1st stop – Puca Pucara – a small fortress – might have been some sort of storage facility, lodge or perhaps guard post on the road from Cusco to the villages of the Sacred Valley
  • 2nd stop – Awanacancha – farm w/llamas, alpacas, vicunas & guanacos – relatives  of the camel –  alpacas have thick wool & most commonly used – vicunas are small & delicate w/fur considered the finest -see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving styles & dress
  • 3rd stop – town of Pisaq for market
  • Really Good News – today is Carnaval! the whole town is decorated in colorful balloons, streamers & huge bouquets of tree branches & flowers
  • Good News – main town square filled w/locals, music & native dancers
  • Lunch stop – Sol y Luna hotel – eat traditional BBQ
  • Good News – see Peruvian Paso Horse show – instead of a trot, they perform an ambling (four equal beats) lateral gait – there are always two, and sometimes three, feet on the ground
  • 4th stop – Tambomachay – known as “Baths of the Inca” for its fountain, falls, and streams

Incan Ruins


  • 5th stop –  Ollantaytambo – more Incan ruins – 250 steps straight up to top – massive pink granite rocks brought from top of mountain on other side of valley – amazing!
  • Bad News – fear of heights, narrow trail on edge of mountain & no railings!
  • Good News – make it down – easier than I thought
  • Dinner – Lino’s on the plaza
    FF – (FUN-facts) – Guinea Pig is considered a delicacy in Peru & eaten on special occasions.