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Border-line Illusions Part 2 - The Ruins of Pisac in the Beautiful Urubamba (Sacred) Valley.
Pisac Ruins - N.E. of Cusco, Peru
The first ruins we get to explore is Pisac.
When we first arrive, we are approached by many of the local vendors. They have many hand made items like hats, stones, jewelry, blankets and other clothing, as well as different types of fruit, snacks and water or juice containers.
I can remember really feeling the altitude here, as we walked in the already hot sun up to the temple ruins. The UV ray in this part of the world is at some of the highest recorded. Although we were at about 9,751 ft now, it was still a bit hard to hike at my normal, everyday pace. However you soon forget all about the difficulty breathing as you come to the top of the hill side and see the temples and ruins.
From the very top you can see along the wall of an opposite hill-side. It was covered with hundreds, maybe thousands of small holes. I learned that these were the royal burial grounds for the priests and royalty of the temple.
PisacClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Pisac aqua ducts.
As we make our way around the top area of the ruins we find these aqua ducts. I still find it amazing that at the top of so many areas like this, that water can be found just flowing out of the top of a mountain quite often.
The aqua ducts we came across here had just a small amount of water running. However it was consistent and seemed like a great time to cool off. So I walk over and took a small dunk in this ancient running water at a bathing area. To think about the number of people in the last few centuries that have been able to do this was something else.
The Aqua DuctsClick thumbnail to view full-size
As we walk around the ruins more, we find evidence of these ancient past lives everywhere. In many corners you can find a variety of of old tool parts (at least that's what I assume by looking at them) and lots of pottery pieces. You can also see what seemed to be more blocks being partially shaped, and ready for more building at some long ago time.
More Pisac Ruin areasClick thumbnail to view full-size
A final thought from Pisac...
As we end the tour of my first ruins to explore. I find my curiosity already finding a way to get me back here to explore even more in the not too distant future. The sight of these ruins were AMAZING and the views of the Sacred Valley surrounding us were truly breath taking...in more ways than one.
I'm now more ready than ever to see more of this magical land of the Incas'. Just the feeling, of the area was enough to want to set up camp for a few days here. To know I was able to share the same water way with people centuries before me gave me an interesting and new appreciation for the ruins here as well as ones I will visit next.
Ending the day looking around Cusco a bit more.
One of the plans for the day was to meet up with a friend of Roberts. He had a friend that knew a bit about electronics. We met up and planned to meet up again on Sunday. While we were there we also met up with a few elders from the village we would be visiting in the next week.
Cusco was quite a distance from their own homes of Okangate and Japu, so it was a bit of great "luck" that we ran into them here. Since we would be staying at one of this elders' sons Thomas' house in mountains it was great to meet them so soon.
The visit was short. We planned on meeting up with them again in a few days. So we were off to get some rest and be ready for an early taxi to get to Ollantaytambo in time to see enough before we had to rush to our train in time for the ride up to Machu Picchu.
This was the end of the 5th of Nov. and it was a great. It was quite an eye opening experience already and we were just getting started. With a bit of effort Robert and I found a pizza place to grab a bite and my first Peruvian beer called Cusqueña. It was pretty good too. This would end up being a place we would frequent during our stay in this area.
The end of an exciting day of exploring the land of Peru.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Keep watching the story here with Part 3!
- Border-line Illusions Part 3- The Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo.
A stop at Ollantaytambo.