i am finally sharing a few pictures from our trip to peru – i must say its the perfect holiday destination, with a lot of history, rich culture, the nicest people and delicious food (more on this soon!). we spent a couple of days in lima, which is said to be the gastronomic capital of south america, and four more days in the sacred valley. here, we stayed in the lovely and unspoiled town of urubamaba, at the tambo del inka, a unique hotel with its own private train station that takes you all the way to machu picchu!
machu picchu is breathtaking, just being there, 2430m above sea level, and staring at this city built by the incas is so fulfilling – no one really knows how they did it and it is said that they had supernatural powers to be able to build this enormous structures. we stayed a whole day exploring, taking pictures, wondering around and making the most out of it. unfortunately we missed the hike to huayna picchu (the mountain in the pic), as they limit the access to 400 people daily – it must have an amazing view!
the maras salt mines are also located in the sacred valley, near the town of maras. these salt evaporation ponds are managed by the local community and have been used since pre-incan times.
the archeological inca site of moray was used for agricultural purposes, can you believe there are up to 15C difference between the top and deeper crop terraces?
there are so many other places we would’ve liked to visit in peru, i hope we can go back some day to titicaca lake, nazca lines, amazon, and so on…
amazing sight…MACHU PICCHU is definitely off my bucket list now! the salt mines were incredible. fed from an apparent unlimited underground salt water spring for centuries. the salt water tasted similar to that of the dead sea if you had the chance to do that. MORAY was like we were in an IN SEARCH OF episode of Leonard Nimoy. remember? awesome ingenuity. i was nearly out of breadth when I got to the center at the bottom…
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