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Border-line Illusions Part 2 - The Ruins of Pisac in the Beautiful Urubamba (Sacred) Valley.

Updated on January 16, 2016
The ruins of Pisac (or P'isaq in the language of the Inca called Quechua )
The ruins of Pisac (or P'isaq in the language of the Inca called Quechua ) | Source

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.

Pisac

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A look up at the temple area.Switchbacks and terraces  that were used to grow many of the herbs used for healing.More of the terraces.Burial grounds for the priests and royalty.
A look up at the temple area.
A look up at the temple area. | Source
Switchbacks and terraces  that were used to grow many of the herbs used for healing.
Switchbacks and terraces that were used to grow many of the herbs used for healing. | Source
More of the terraces.
More of the terraces. | Source
Burial grounds for the priests and royalty.
Burial grounds for the priests and royalty. | Source

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 Ducts

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A dry aqua duct in the bathing area.Looks like a great spot to cool down real quick.It was kinda amazing to know that for centuries this water has been used out of this area to heal, grow things, and survive with.  A look down the row of these ancient water ways.
A dry aqua duct in the bathing area.
A dry aqua duct in the bathing area. | Source
Looks like a great spot to cool down real quick.
Looks like a great spot to cool down real quick. | Source
It was kinda amazing to know that for centuries this water has been used out of this area to heal, grow things, and survive with.
It was kinda amazing to know that for centuries this water has been used out of this area to heal, grow things, and survive with. | Source
A look down the row of these ancient water ways.
A look down the row of these ancient water ways. | Source

More exploring.

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.

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Walking through the ruins of PisacWalking through the ruins of PisacAnother shot of the 100's or maybe 1000's of burial caves. My first close looks at the stonework of the ancients.One of the supporting walls of the temple.Some plants growing through the cracks.More of the wild life at Pisac.I climbed to the top of a hill to get better look around.The Sacred Valley from the top of Pisac.
Walking through the ruins of Pisac
Walking through the ruins of Pisac | Source
Walking through the ruins of Pisac
Walking through the ruins of Pisac | Source
Another shot of the 100's or maybe 1000's of burial caves.
Another shot of the 100's or maybe 1000's of burial caves. | Source
My first close looks at the stonework of the ancients.
My first close looks at the stonework of the ancients. | Source
One of the supporting walls of the temple.
One of the supporting walls of the temple. | Source
Some plants growing through the cracks.
Some plants growing through the cracks. | Source
More of the wild life at Pisac.
More of the wild life at Pisac. | Source
I climbed to the top of a hill to get better look around.
I climbed to the top of a hill to get better look around. | Source
The Sacred Valley from the top of Pisac.
The Sacred Valley from the top of Pisac. | Source

More Pisac Ruin areas

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Some of the left overs i found, of the beginning of ....something...hahaA great shot of John looking over the Sacred Valley.Note the rope areas to separate the areas. They would tie a rope through the holes in the corners of the doorway.A moment of reflection in the peaceful walls of the temple. A window to the Sacred Valley.A closer look through the window to the Sacred Valley.From the ledge of the window to the Sacred Valley.An ancient doorway. Looking at some the tetras like stone work.A cave you can walk through to another part of the Pisac ruins.
Some of the left overs i found, of the beginning of ....something...haha
Some of the left overs i found, of the beginning of ....something...haha | Source
A great shot of John looking over the Sacred Valley.
A great shot of John looking over the Sacred Valley. | Source
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Note the rope areas to separate the areas. They would tie a rope through the holes in the corners of the doorway.
Note the rope areas to separate the areas. They would tie a rope through the holes in the corners of the doorway. | Source
A moment of reflection in the peaceful walls of the temple.
A moment of reflection in the peaceful walls of the temple. | Source
A window to the Sacred Valley.
A window to the Sacred Valley. | Source
A closer look through the window to the Sacred Valley.
A closer look through the window to the Sacred Valley. | Source
From the ledge of the window to the Sacred Valley.
From the ledge of the window to the Sacred Valley. | Source
An ancient doorway.
An ancient doorway. | Source
Looking at some the tetras like stone work.
Looking at some the tetras like stone work. | Source
A cave you can walk through to another part of the Pisac ruins.
A cave you can walk through to another part of the Pisac ruins. | Source

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.

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Surprise meeting with Don Sabastian and his son Tomas.My first gift from a local jewelry maker. It is considered a blessing.Walking down the streets of CuscoMy new friend Wilco. He owns and runs a small store near the Plaza. Our temp home in CuscoThe local flavors of Cusqueña.
Surprise meeting with Don Sabastian and his son Tomas.
Surprise meeting with Don Sabastian and his son Tomas. | Source
My first gift from a local jewelry maker. It is considered a blessing.
My first gift from a local jewelry maker. It is considered a blessing. | Source
Walking down the streets of Cusco
Walking down the streets of Cusco | Source
My new friend Wilco. He owns and runs a small store near the Plaza.
My new friend Wilco. He owns and runs a small store near the Plaza. | Source
Our temp home in Cusco
Our temp home in Cusco | Source
The local flavors of Cusqueña.
The local flavors of Cusqueña. | Source

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