Tag: Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley Bouquet

My favorite time of year to visit the Sacred Valley region in Peru is early May. Just after the rainy season has ended, the sacred valley is green and vibrant with colors throughout. For a brief period one can enjoy the bright green valley before the dry and […]

Climbing Around Pisac Ruins

Nestled in the Sacred Valley is the ancient town of Pisac. Pisac is a favorite stop among international visitors with a vibrant market filled with textiles and other Peruvian goods for purchase. Taking the back road out of town, high on the mountain range stands the Inca ruins […]

Moray an Inca Farmer’s Paradise

High up in the Andes Mountains, near the village of Maras and the unique Salineras is a strange and seemingly out-of-this-world circular terraces known as Moray. Built by the Incas over 500 years ago, there are several concentric circular terraces dug deep into the earth. Looking at the […]

Peruvian Pink

High in the Andes mountains flows a highly salted stream of water that has been harvested for thousands of years. Salineras, just outside of the small town of Maras, is an enclave of salt flats entrenched on the mountainside in a small valley. Discovered over 2,000 years ago, […]

Green Terraces and Stone Walls

Machu Picchu We all dream of verdant terraces and granite reminders of Incas past.      Visiting Machu Picchu is nearly on everyone’s Bucket-List. Having had the good fortune to have visited Machu Picchu twice in the past few years, one can only imagine the number of photos […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

These are the hands of a weaver in Chinchero, Peru by the name of Alicia. Alicia works a twelve-hour shift and walks two hours each way between her home and work. They are hardworking hands that create beautifully woven textiles. Here she is showing how to create soap […]

Walk Like an Incan

Just a few days remain before I head on a jet plane south to Peru and the Andes Mountains. In reality, I’ve been training to hike the Inca Trail since January, 2009. Since that time I’ve participated in many hikes with the Mountain Club of Maryland that ranged […]