Peru - Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

As part of our adventure we got to spend some time in Cusco.  It was the jump off point for much of our vacation.  The main goal in Cusco was to get used to the altitude before our hike on the Inca Trail. Our first trip was to the market area of Cusco.  We walked in through the "meat department" and it took everything in me not to throw up.  The first thing I see is a cows snout.  Just the snout...not the rest of the cow...well, maybe the rest of the cow was there but I couldn't look.  I kept my eyes down and tried not to lose my lunch.  I felt much better when we made it through this area. The rest of this market had your regular items of grains, veggies and the most amazing bread.  The bread was the size of the small tire and it was so good.

Overlooking the city was the White Christ.  It was donated to the people of Cusco from the Muslim community.  It's a stunning site to see.

Our tour took us the Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op Centre.  This area was founded in 2005 with the help of G Adventures donations it helps the local women to sell their beautiful textiles to local visitors.  We got to see how these women weave and dye the wool from alpacas.

Ollantaytambo was an amazing site to see.  We got to climb a number of tiers to get the most amazing view of the area.  The local market at the bottom of the ruins was wonderful and I bought way too much stuff.  We spend the night here before headed onto the Inca Trail.