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Moments in Peru’s Sacred Valley

North of Cusco we stopped in the town of Chincheros to admire handwoven textiles from Quechua stallholders, who proudly preserve the Inca tradition.

 

We travelled through the gorgeous plateau of the Andean farmlands towards the Sacred Valley. We wound our way to the ancient salt terraces of Maras, marveling over the thousands of crystallizing ponds harvested since Inca times.

Then we visited the agricultural amphitheatre of Moray – three large terraced circles carved into the Andean mountains, thought to have been used as experimentation sites for Incan crops. Then we worked our way down into the Valley to visit the original Incan village of Ollantaytambo.

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Cusco

My next series of photos are from a visit to Peru during la Semana Santa (Holy Week). We followed solemn religious processions in Cusco; toured the towns and archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley; explored the historic ruins of Machu Picchu; and, visited the vibrant capital city, Lima.