The Sacred Valley of the Incans – May 15, 2010
Alright, so the pictures seem to be going now. Also, the “Pictures” post below that wasn´t working is up now, so check that out too.
First we arrived at the ruins of Pisac, a mountainside community that is thought to have been an agricultural and spiritual center, as well as the defence center for the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley. The picture below is overlooking a section of the ruins, with some agriculteral terraces in the lower background.
Having some refreshing Coca tea, which due to it´s trace contents of cocaine isn´t legal in the US. It´s very common among the indiginous people for it´s medicinal and religious ties, and has been proven to increase oxygen levels in the blood, therefore helping to fight altitude sickness.
The ruins of Ollantaytambo were of mainly religious purposes, being surrounded by mountains, as well as having Machu Picchu to the west and Pisac to the east along the Urubamba River.
Take a look at the extreme prisicion of the interlocking rock wall that would have been the inside of a temple.