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Cuzco Valley

Posted in Travel by Dennis Wright on March 8, 2012

Another journey, another series of blogposts. South America this time, starting in Peru.

This particular trip started over a week ago but it is only now that I am on board ship (the middle section is a Holland America cruise), with a few “at sea” days, that I have the time to start putting up some blogposts. The first few posts will be a retrospective, covering Peru, including Cuzco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, and part of Chile. I will go straight in to some of the highlights so the narrative may not quite be linear.

Just to make the point, the first post covers day 4 which featured a visit to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Just to put timescales in context; Day 1 was Manchester to Heathrow, Day 2 was Heathrow to Lima via Madrid, and Day 3 was Lima to Cuzco where we just had enough time to visit one of the historical Inca sights, the Golden Enclosure or Qoricancha. Day 4 took in the trip to Ollantaytambo in the “Sacred Valley” that runs between Cuzco and Macchu Picchu and the town of Pisac which is basically a tourist market, if rather cleaner and better than most.

On the way from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo we stopped at a vantage point overlooking a town in a valley with glacier carved slopes and snow-capped Andes mountains in the distance. There was the usual clutch of locals selling traditional goods. The locals had a baby with them in traditional dress.


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  1. Qhudunx said, on December 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My boyfriend and I just went to Peru this past June and we also bohgut a new camera for that trip. Peru was so amazing! We didn’t spend any time at all in the metropolitan areas but we had a blast doing several expeditions on the Salkantay trek, Lake Titicaca (I giggle evry time I say this) and Colca Canyon. I’m so excited for you guys! Hope you’re ready to eat TONS of potatoes. They have over 3,000 varieties

    • Dennis Wright said, on December 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Our trip was in March, unfortunately I have so much to write about that I simply ran out of time and more or less gave up. If I can I will come back and post more on Peru, Chile, The Falkland Is., Argentina and a tiny bit of Brazil.

      Glad you enjoyed Peru. We would have loved to get out to Lake Titicaca but couldn’t fit that in.

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