So many stairs!- Moray

My fourth day in Southern Peru took me to Moray. I woke up in my hotel at Ollantaytambo early enough for the journey ahead by bus to Urubamba. On arrival, I discovered that Moray ruins was about 600 meters ahead of me, so I chose to walk. Lining both sides of the road were business premises that sold just about anything.

As I got into Moray ruins, I found the descending stairs to be quite exciting. The terraced field that you see as you enter the ruins is also an amazing attraction. I was informed that the terraced field was an agricultural demonstration field as the center was indeed an agricultural lab serving the entire Incas. The crop seeds that were developed in this particular laboratory were used by farmers all over the Incas Empire to improve on their yields.

Salineras, which is quite a beautifully terraced salt field, is also one of the many Moray attractions that interested me. As I was going down the valleys, I took several photos which will forever remind me of the epic journey that I made to the Moray ruins in southern Peru. Most parts of the valley were glowing white during the day because of the huge presence of salt. I was fortunate to taste the salt water that emanate from the mountain, right at the source.

After going down the ruins and then up, I decided it was time to climb the hill which was just a short distance away for a wider and better glimpse of the area. On this hills are reservoirs that were used by the residents of the Incas Empire to store water. By the time I was at the top of the hill, I was hungry and needed some snacks to keep me going. Fortunately, there were walking snack-vendors who sold me some salted nuts, ice cream and bananas.

But when I got back to Urubamba late in the afternoon, I sampled out delicacies that were on offer. I got inside a restaurant and was pleased to find out that their serve salads, desserts, shakes and herbal teas among others. I ordered a burger that satisfied my taste buds. I was pleased that they had international cuisines that served my culinary requirements.

In the evening, I walked to my hotel,tired,but happy that I was able to visit such an amazing attraction.

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Ollantaytambo- all day long

After being at Machu Picchu a day before, it was time to head to Ollantaytambo, another scenic spot in Inca, Southern Peru. This attraction is about 35 miles north of Cusco and I was able to take a public transport to Urubamba from Sacsahuaman. Against my expectations, the cost of travel by bus was quite low, but I found the facility to be a little more crowded. Also available are minivans and trains that can offer alternative transport, so you have a choice with regard to how you can travel to Ollantaytambo. But it’s of importance that you take care of your personal belongings while traveling. On arrival, I booked myself into a popular local lodging facility, before walking back through the bus stop towards Sacsahuaman.I walked for an approximately 300 meters to arrive at the gate to the ruins and along the way are restaurants and other business establishments.

At the entry to Ollantaytambo I hired a local guide, who seemed knowledgeable and who could help make my trip a much memorable experience. While it was possible to cycle around, I took the option of walking because it offered me a chance to see more attractions and in more detail. My guide was at hand to provide me with the finer details about Ollantaytambo ruins.  He actually informed me that a large portion of the local economy was created by a wood flooring factory that made use of the exotic wood that is native to the area.  He was able to put me in touch with the wholesaler in the area so I might be able to help a local company in my state become a supplier.

He helped me buy all the tickets that I needed to access the places which according to him were the most important and which would leave a fantastic experience in me. Continue reading “Ollantaytambo- all day long”

Machu Picchu….Gesundheit

I need to get my sponsor message out of the way, I want to say thank you to another local business owner that donated to my trip, his name is Howard and he is a plumber in Canton MI.  He donated 300 dollars out of the goodness of his heart.  On with the post.

On my third day, I visited Machu Picchu, a historically rich area that’s set in a gorgeous tropical forest setting. I woke up from my hotel room in Cuzco at dawn and hit the road to Machu Picchu by bus. The entire journey took an hour and I enjoyed the sight along the road. I arrived by 8am and headed for Machu Picchu right away. From some meters away, the giant walls, ramps and the terraces looked amazing and I found it to be among the most attractive creations of the Inca Empire. I also found the natural setting that’s on the eastern side of the Andes is quite rich in fauna and flora.

While inside there, I was able to see more than one hundred and fifty houses, baths , sanctuaries and temples. I found the site-which is believed to have been a royal estate for the nobles and Inca emperors several centuries ago to be incredibly attractive. I was fascinated by the well crafted stonework, sophisticated irrigation systems and terraced systems which bear the hallmarks of the engineering prowess that was witnessed during Inca civilization. Continue reading “Machu Picchu….Gesundheit”

Sacsahuaman in Southern Peru

I am going to start this post out with some brutal honesty, my brothers wedding was probably the most boring wedding that I have ever attended.  His wife is strict Catholic so the wedding was in a Catholic church in Lima.  It was very traditional and very long.  I am going to pretend I did not even attend for the sake of this blog.  Luckily, the trip I had planned was hardly affected since I had an open ended airline ticket and would not be leaving with everyone else.  Be that as it was on my second day of being in Peru and after attending a boring wedding in the a.m., my next destination was Sacsahuaman. This destination is situated in southern Peru, just 2 miles north of Cuzco city. It’s one of the amazingly attractive and historically rich ruins that were built in the 15th and 16th century. Due to the distance between, I traveled by air and landed at Cuzco early in the morning. Without wasting any time, I went straight to my hotel room, rested for an hour and went to Sacsahuaman ruins.

From Cuzco, I took a bike northwards and in less than 5 minutes, I was at the place. I found the historically rich and architecturally fascinating site to be one of its own kinds. It’s one of the Incas that was built centuries ago and which have rich historical significance. I sought the services of a local guide and I was happy to get one who offered me company and explanations about the various attractions in the ruins. Continue reading “Sacsahuaman in Southern Peru”

Day one in Peru

Hello there everyone, I want to start this post thanking all of the small businesses that donated to my brothers wedding to make this trip possible. There is no way that we would have been able to make this trip if it was not for them. As a thank you to each business I will be giving them a free plug here and there because I feel guilty about them paying our trip. Anyways, just a quick disclaimer, I have never really written much in my life and realize that I am not great yet but I hope that I can at least provide a bit of value to you in my posts.  I assure you that I will get better as I go along.  On with my post….

I had heard a lot of interesting stories about Miraflores Beach and was looking forward to visiting it some day. Last December, the opportunity to visit what most people call the barrio of Lima came knocking and I was quick to take it. My brother and his wife planned a destination wedding to Lima, Peru. They decided to have their wedding in December because there is not much fog in the sky during this time of the year and because it is always nice to get away from Michigan in the winter time. I had heard that the city had exceptional beaches, incredible parks, gardens and sky hugging high-rise apartments.

Because of a scheduling conflict for my brother I left on an earlier plane than everyone else. I arrived at the airport early in the morning and as soon as I got out of the terminal, a representative of a taxi company that I had booked online was waiting for me. The company was able to provide me with full details of the driver online and with their branded taxis, it was easy for me to know that it was them. The taxi took me to my hotel and after staying there for about two hours, I left to explore what this picturesque city had to offer. Fortunately, my hotel wasn’t far away from the main beach, so I decided to take a walk, a decision which I’m thankful for making because it enabled me have a glimpse of several scenic spots which would not be possible of I had taken a taxi.

On my way to the beach, I passed by the Parque Kennedy, a cat filled park which is situated at the center of Miraflores. This is a place like no other as the residents visit carrying for the cats that reside there everyday. I sat there for a few minutes and had the privilege of having two cats crawl to my laps. On the park’s lining are restaurants and shops that sold almost anything that both locals and visitors would require.

I was able to enter the Larcomar, a beautifully designed mall that is built into the cliff. Inside there are chains of stores and restaurants that overlook the sea that’s just below it. The place is synonymous with movie loving kids and paragliders, especially when the wind is up.

I moved some distance forward and saw the Costa Verde, which is a long stretch of parks that have been arranged so as to overlook the ocean. The parks cover several miles and I found it to be a wonderful place to walk and explore the nature.

I finally received a call from my brother that he had made it to his hotel so we decided to meet up. When I got there I was surprised that his friend Jonathon was with him, I am pretty sure that the only reason that my brother invited Jonathon was simply because he owned a photo booth company and my brother wanted one at his wedding. We ended up walking to  Miraflores Beach, we didn’t see many swimmers and we were wondering why, despite the allure of being in a great looking beach, and the tidal waves being low. The temperature was quite warm, around 83F and we soaked up some rays like most of the other visitors. The day was moving quickly and as the sun was almost going down, we decided it was time to get a quick bite and maybe a drink before walking back to our hotel. Continue reading “Day one in Peru”