During our two days in the Sacrd Valley, we stayed at the Hotel Sol y Luna which was one of the nicest places we stayed during our trip.
We enjoyed the Urubamba Valley. Our guide, Rosa, made it a point to stop here for a snack!
We also went to Ollantaytambo, which was one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a battle. Pizzaro's men were unable to assault the fortress. The Inca regarded Ollantaytambo as a temple rather than a fortress, but this shot of the steps shows one reason the Spanish lost this one:
This is the view of the village below from the top of those steps. I hope you can see the rainbow:
On our second day, we went white water rafting on the Urubamba river. It was our first time rafting. These are Class II and III rapids; it was exciting but not really that challenging:
We were able to see ruins from the river:
The next leg of our journey took us to Machu Picchu. Here we wait for the train at the station in Ollanta. Vendors practically assault the tourists at every stop:
We came home with as many souvenirs as we could carry! And we bought one of those red bags for the extras.
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