Machu Picchu Blog Post November 5th, 2014

November 05, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Moray Crop Circles and the Salt Pans

We’ve had a great day filled with many photo opportunities and beautiful weather. Our day began driving up another 3,000 feet to the Moray Crop Circles, which are an ancient Inca farming plots design for the optimum yield and irrigation. We took it slow due to the elevation but hear turn on the trail offered up another photo.

We then drove to the other end of the valley to see the Maras Salt Pans, which is a salt mining operation located in a steep valley just above where we are staying. The natural salt rich mineral springs flow from the mountain at 18C and through a complex series of channels the water is routed along the salt pans. Each level is fill with water and left for two months, at the end of that time the crystalized salt is harvested. 

Then after lunch we visited and photographed in the village of Ollantaytambo. This village has had people living in it back to Inca times. When you walk through the old part of the village, the open flowing water system designed by the Incas still flows along the village streets. Fed from the mountain springs above.

We finished the day with our Welcome dinner and Peruvian horse show. It was a great evening including some of the group having an opportunity to ride some of the show horses. Tonight at dinner a couple of our group tired the guinea pig.

Tomorrow we depart at 7:00 a.m. by train to Machu Picchu. The train ride is approximately 2 hrs and 20 minutes. We will be visiting the “Ancient City” later tomorrow morning and again the following day. Enjoy the images from todays trek.

A view of the village we are staying in while in Sacred Valley


A lady heading to market in one of the small mountain villages


Village Street view


A farmer heading to his fields near the Moray Crop Circles


Mimi having to step aside to let a straggler pass by


Such a beautiful view, the snow caps remain on these mountains year round


The Inca Crop Circles, there are 4 locations in this region


This gives you an idea of our elevation


This gentleman was so busy, he had to stop for a nap


One of the small village streets, high up in the mountains


Nancy made a new friend today in the village


Another village street view, such an interesting town


This lady was looking for a ride into the valley


A high roadside view of the salt pans


Another view of the salt pans looking in the valley


In this image you can see the channel of mineral water flowing along the pans


Here is a shot of the harvesting of the salt, this practice dates back 200 years BC


This afternoon it got quite hot, so everyone is enjoying the shade


This gentleman was playing the pan flute at our lunch today


This colourful Macaw was in the overhead tree at lunch this afternoon


A lama having lunch


A view of the gardens where we had lunch


A little girl playing jacks


The streets of Ollantaytambo,notice the ancient water system along the wall


The remaining part of the Inca city of Ollantaytambo


A shy lady on the side street today


More of the ancient ruins


Ollantaytambo market, does he have a lamb chops tonight look?


The horse show before dinner tonight


Nancy riding one of the horses after the show


One of the dinner dishes tonight, this is deep fried guinea pig


Bill having the guinea pig, with teeth showing he even looks like a guinea pig!


Good night from Sacred Valley, more images from Machu Picchu tomorrow evening. 


Please add a comment

Posted by carol on
These images are just fantastic!! Love the 'people' shots. These folks look so darn happy. I think that llama photo is a prize winner. Just brings on a smile. Thanks everyone... can't wait to see the Machu Pichu blog and photos. Have a great time tomorrow.
Posted by Allison on
Great photos! Love seeing what you are up to!
Posted by Michelle Rondeau on
AWESOME photos James! And it's so good to see everyone enjoying themselves. Bill, I'd like to know what you thought of the guinea pig. It's very curious to see how the women dress. Any history behind those hats and why they wear only skirts or dresses? Nancy, can we have lunch together when you return? I want to see your photos and "hear all about it" in person. Thanks for the blog, James and I'm enjoying tagging along from afar.
Posted by Shari on
Wow! Great pics, the llama shot is my favourite. Not sure about that guinea pig. From the photos it is like moving back in time. Looking forward to tomorrows photos and blog. Keep em comin!
Posted by Mary on
Great pictures. Very interesting scenery. Love to see your pictures.
Posted by Janet on
Looks like you are having a wonderful time, your mile wide smile is so nice to see. Thanks for sharing this time with us. Love the pictures of the locals. Love Janet
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