04.14.2013 - 04.14.2013 60 °F
After the Inca Trail, most of the group headed straight back to Cusco but me and two of my friends stayed overnight in the Sacred Valley in the town of Ollantaytambo. This small town is located in a steep valley surrounded by mountains and Inca ruins. We stayed in the town square and had a rooftop teerace with a view.
The ruins are close to/part of town.
Other ruins are all over the hills.
My friends and I explored the principal ruins site. A major feature was the sun temple, made oif huge slabs of pink granite and thin slabs between to protect from earthquakes. The temple was never completed and huge slabs are lying around.
There is also an impressive water temple here with water still flowing through it!
The terraces had cool steps to get fromk one level to the other.
After 4 days of hard hiking and sleeping outdoors, we were tired and headed back to Cusco early afternoon. We were treated to increadible landscapes.
Once in Cusco, it was time to drop off laundry and head to a gringo restaurant for fresh mango juice and breakfast for dinner!