2019-05-22 Inkaterra Hacienda Hotel, Urubamba, Peru Another bright and clear day for our second full day tour of the Sacred Valley Once again we head off west along the base of the tall mountains passing through the small town of Yucay We pass the local school of the town, with the entrance painted in very bright colours On our way to our first stop at Maras, we pass quite stunning scenery The colour of the fields in the foreground were amazing, in contrast to the surrounding mountains in the back ground Our first glimpse of the famous salt terraces of Maras from the road high above the site The view of the valley beyond the salt terraces was equally as spectacular We continued down to the entrance to the salt terraces, which amazingly have been in use since Inca times Different coloured salts are produced here at the Maras salt terraces After our visit to the salt terraces we head towards the town of Maras Plaza de Armas is the main square in Maras which has a well photographed centre piece statue The locals of Maras have set up a lunch stall by the main square Continuing west towards Moray we pass many fields of crops Quinoa crops awaiting harvest with stunning glaziers in the mountains behind Our next visit is to Moray, which is famous for its embedded amphitheatre formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior like an artificial crater Evidence seem to suggest that Moray was an important centre of Inca agriculture research on crops grown on different sized plots and at various altitudes. The irrigated fertile soil was experimented with more than 250 different types of vegetables and also cereals like corn, quinoa and kiwicha Other terraced circles nearby are still in the stages of being excavated. It is believed these were also used to test growth of vegetables etc in different altitudes and micro climates as were done in the large site While visiting the Moray site which is at the height of 3,500 m above sea level, it was amazing listening to the haunting sounds of the pan pipe flutist We continue on from Moray to our last stop, heading south east to the small town of Chinchero It is quite amazing to see how many native Australian eucalyptus trees are growing in Peru A popular and fun way to visit some of the towns in the Sacred Valley On the road to Chinchero we came across a panorama lookout which looked down on the Urabamba Valley and we could clearly see the hotel we were staying in below With my camera lens to the maximum I could clearly see the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel in the far distance Locally produced weaved products are for sale here at the panorama outlook by the road Once we arrived in the small quaint town of Chinchero we first visited an establishment set up a number of years ago to display the traditional locally weaved products and also demonstrated the method of dying yarn and weaving Using natural dyes this young Chinchero lady demonstrated to us how they dyed their yarns for weaving Next we were given a demonstration of weaving by another local young lady The staff were very pleased we made a couple of purchases The traditionally dressed local Chinchero young ladies Our next stop was to visit the lamas and alpacas across the road Cute faces ……. After feeding the alpacas and lamas we continue walking up the road into the town After a visit to one of the local shops, I made a sensible light weight purchase!! I was amazed with the shop owner’s wonderful plats and length of hair, which is very common for the local women We arrive at the local town square at the top of the village where there is a large display of locally weaved products Beautifully weaved rugs ….. unfortunately too heavy for our bags Every spare moment is used to spin yarn by the young ladies of the town Soon we were on our way back to the hotel following the winding road back down to Urubamba Once we arrive back at the hotel we say goodbye to our excellent local guide, Yashira and driver, Cristian Once again after a long day of wonderful sightseeing we relaxed in the delightful lounge of the hotel Dinner this evening began with carpaccio of tuna Followed by an unusual eggplant dish Fresh salad As usual a fabulous dessert to finish a delicious dinner Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.