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Amateur Archaeologist's Dream

25 Aug 2007  My Son's Desire To See Incan Ruins
3.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Local Incan Ruins

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Cusco Region, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Pisaq
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Winter
  • 1. Chinchero
    Chinchero, Cusco Region

    Stop here for some beautiful textiles on the ride to your hotel from the airport. After you arrive in Urubamba have a meal at the Three Keros. We loved the Cuy which was cooked with a mint like South American spice.

  • 2. Ollantaytambo
    Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley

    Incan Ruins at a beautiful site where three separate valleys converge. One each from Machu Picchu, Cusco and Pisac. Look for the indian cross symbolizing the condor, puma and snake. When you get back to Urubamba try the Alpaca at La Huacatay. When you eat alpaca be sure to go to a good restaurant to avoid parasites.

  • 3. Willoc

    See primitive farming, children at local school and incan ruins. On the way stop and see water steps created by the Incas and look for farmers using wooden plows, no steel blades, with oxen. When you get back to Urubamba check out the beautiful ceramics at Seminario.

  • 4. Maras
    Maras, Cusco Region

    Pre-Incan salt mine still in use. People here work hard in the blazing sunlight against a salt white backdrop and carry 60 kilo bags of salt along narrow paths. The road to the mines is more thrilling than any roller coaster. When back in Urubamba check out Crepes and Extras for dinner. The pork was excellent and the veggies weren't up to snuff but still worth a visit.

  • 5. Moray
    Moray, Cusco Region, Peru

    Beautiful terraced farming with stone steps jutting out of the interior of the terraces. On your way back ask your driver if he can take you to a local place for some yellow chicha, the kind with alchohol. Our driver took us to a place with shelves of live cuy and human skulls decorating the entrance. It was awesome and they served many kinds of maize.

  • 6. Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

    Be sure to hire a english speaking guide to explain the site to you to enhance your journey to this wonderful site. It can be confusing going from train to pay entrance fee to bus to the entrance of the site.

  • 7. Cusco
    Cusco, Cusco Region

    Be sure to stop at the Sexy Woman site. The stones are incredible. Here we got a great meal just go away from the Plaza Armas to find the best price. Beware of pickpockets and prostitutes trying to con you. Keep your belongings in your front pockets and beware people that bump into you when the sidewalk isn't crowded. Avoid strange women dressed as hookers asking if you want to pose for a picture. We pretty much disliked Cusco so much that we didn't stay long enough to see the sites. The first time in my life I've been pursued by an overaggressive shoe shine boy.

  • 8. Pisac
    Pisaq, Sacred Valley

    Bring plenty of water and be prepared to climb a lot of steps. Well worth it. Pisac's market is full of great textiles. On the way out check out the Awanakancha farm. They have beautiful things but too expensive for me. Still worth a visit to pet the young animals.