Unfortunately Machu Pichu wanted to have a break of so many tourist and guides breaking its balls, so it won´t be possible to visit it for at least two months. The good news is that the Inkas not only built Machu Pichu but also many other "ciudadelas", fortress and worship places that are worth of visiting.
Cuzco, base to get to Valle Sagrado was an ancient Quechua settlement but now is a updated and vibrant city with plenty of bars, restaurants, art galleries and a perfect place to just be around, unwind and have fun. Because of the recent floods and the closure of Inka Trail the city was almost with no tourist and therefore much much cheaper and accessible. So we took it easy, unwound and visited museums, cool bars and surrounding ruins being us the few visitors. So we have an special feeling in this silent valley.
Trekking Valle Sagrado is like feeling yourself in a present past. Scents, food, colours, people faces and symbologies that today we see are the same of centuries ago. While you walk on the terraces carved on the slopes it is so easy to imagine how could have been when the Inkas where the rulers of this land.
These villages made of stone and adobe have this special magnetism ¿the huge mountains, rusted stones, the organic and harmonious shape of the ruins, its people with a simple lifestyle? I guess the perfect balance of them all invites you to lay back and have a break of everything, just as locals do.
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plaza de armas, cusco
cathedral and plaza de armas
left: peruvian flag. right: latinamerican people flag
streets of cusco
bohemian district of San Blas
ollataytambo, sacred valley, the closer I could get to Machu Pichu
this bridge was washed out because of the floods. tired of authorities doing nothing, locals coped the problem fixing it with their own bare hands
after 5 hours of hand made work they managed to have the bridge "operative" for pedestrians
ollataytambo with ruins on the background
stone work was made with finest techniques
reconstruction of a typical ancient house
amazing slopes and its terraces, we´ve been trekking for 8 hours a day
as buddhist place stupas on peak of the himalayas, inkas made worship arrangements for sun God on top as well.
amazing view of sacred valley with pisaq ruins