Exploring the Sacred Valley, Urubamba at Cuzco, Peru – A photographic view

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Exploring the Sacred Valley, Urubamba at Cuzco, Peru – A photographic view

I’ve had a hot shower and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed after the 4 amazing and very tiring days hiking the Inca Trail. It’s time to relax and explore Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the American group I hiked the Inca Trail with.

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Every ridge we drive over shows yet another vista that goes on forever. I could spend a year photographing here and still not run out of unique shots.

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We stopped at a beautiful little village called Pisac. It was a real shoppers paradise with markets seemingly on every street corner throughout the whole town.

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There were so many curios to look at and learn about at every stall, it wasn’t a surprise to find we’d overstayed our time here as we were rushed back on the bus to the next location.

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Everywhere I went the people were more than happy stop and chat. The second I took a photo though, their hands shot out like lightning for money. They never missed a beat but I cant blame them. Every day having a camera shoved in your face by annoying tourists must get quite dull!

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As you can see, there was quite the variety of characters – All of which hit me up for cash before the shutter even had time to close!

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The crop terraces at Moray. They were used for extensive crop research as the temperature from the top terrace to the bottom can vary up to 5-10 degrees celsius.

Today we had the company of an Incan priest on our tour around the Sacred Valley and when we arrived at Moray in the afternoon, a prayer mat was set up at the bottom of one of the smaller circular terraces and we were led in a Pachamama (Mother Earth) Blessing Ceremony that was very interesting culturally.

It was a blend of Catholic and traditional Incan practices with lots of praying, giving thanks, offerings, bell ringing, etc… Hippy meets Catholicism. I suspect I’ll need a few more spiritual cleansings to get those stains off my soul though.

 

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