After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco with an awesome view of the Andes we finally got the chance to see more from Peru. In Cusco we only had a quick stop to drink some Coca tea. This was necessary because we were afraid of the illness of altitude (here it is called: “Soroche”). Cusco is situated in 3.330 m of altitude.
On our way to the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo we stopped a lot of times for taking picture, visiting a museum, which is called “Awanakancha” and a traditional art market. On the typical tourist stops you find a lot of people in traditional clothes. They want of course some money if you take a picture of them. But still it is nice.
The museum “Awanankancha”:
The traditional market:
The Inca ruins were really great. It is said that the God of the Incas leaded his people to build these city Ollantaytambo. This is one of the ruins which remained to demonstrate the construction of an Inca city. The technique to form and cut stones is very impressive, as well the construction of the walls. The Incas mainly used the trapeze form for windows or the stones it selves. The walls were built really well, the Incas gave every stone another form and built to every form a complement. This works like a big puzzle. So everything fits to another and is stable.
It was a very interesting visit. More of this technique we were going to see at Machu Picchu.
The next day we needed to get up early too because we had to take the train to the Machu Picchu.