Our Hotel Sonesta Del Yucay
Before going to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, Marilyn, Jeanette, Kathryn and I took tuk tuks (called motocito here) into Urubamba for a little tour. Our driver was a young woman with her 3+/- year old daughter. The village itself is nothing really to get excited about but it was fun to ride in the tuk tuks again. These ones looked like they’re souped up racers that could burn rubber. Not!
45% of population still live as the Incas lived as in the 1400’s with seven families to a complex with a max seven persons to “a” room…. entranced by a gate .
Aqueducts along cobblestone streets. This place called Ollantaytambo that I had never heard of, is amazing…. unbelievable actually. The Incas did experimental farming on the terraces to find out what soils worked best with which product. Different grains for different conditions. They also built the terraces to prevent errosion.
Storage facilities … granaries up the hills to keep dry….built with ventilation.
On top of huge terraced tract is a temple but was incomplete because Spaniard came in 1530s. Some of the terraces were built pre-Inca. They moved 40-50-70 ton granite boulders by using pebbles and logs because they didn’t have the wheel.
It took 110 years to build this city. 80% of the city has been uncovered…20% has not.
On way back we stopped and watched a number of people climb up an almost totally vertical mountain to a “Sky Lodge” cantilevered off the side of the mountain. After you spend the night there, you have the option of repelling or zip lining down. OMG!!!
Zip line down
Someone asked what the stick with bag on top signifies? It means the bar is open. Chicha is what they are selling. It’s made from corn chewed then mixed with pure alcohol!