Our day will begin by visiting a pre-school in Yucay and meeting the local students and teachers. Then we'll head off to the small Andean district of Chinchero. You can stroll through the local market and enjoy some free time discovering the area, observing the Andean way of life, admiring the crafts, and sampling different goods. After perusing the fruit and vegetable stands, you can buy ponchos, knitted wares, or Alpaca wool blankets. You will notice that traditions and folklore are present in their colorful costumes. The day will continue at the salt pools in Maras. Used since the Inca times, these thousands of uneven, square-shaped ponds collect water for harvesting salt. They are set into the mountainsides. Today, 800 families live off of the 200 tons of salt produced each year. We'll have lunch by these pools. Then we’ll take the road for Ollantaytambo, where the Inca’s city planning is evident in the street layout, plazas, and foundations of houses. You will explore the fortress here. Left unfinished when the Spanish arrived, it protected the entrance to the Sacred Valley and the Sun Temple. You will enter the fortress by climbing a steep rock staircase. You will then reach the Enclosure of the Ten Niches and the Sun Temple made of six enormous rectangular monoliths towering over the village.
- Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.