The Sacred Valley

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.

Baking Bread in Pisac 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: Steps at Ollantaytambo

This is the view of the village below from the top of those steps. I hope you can see the rainbow:

Top of Ollantaytambo

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:

Urubamba rapids  Rafting crew
We were able to see ruins from the river:
Ruins on Urubamba

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: Train Station
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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