Today started with an early pick up to meet our tour and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop was in the small town of Chinchero, where they are known for their weaving of alpaca. It was pretty incredible to learn how they clean and color the wool.
I ended up buying an alpaca sweater which will most likely make appearances in the blog sometime soon.
We made a quick stop at a look out point. It was a little foggy, but still incredible.
Our next stop was the agricultural terraces of Moray. This was a place used to do agricultural experiments with farming with different climates and soils. I won’t get into all the details, but basically the Incas were geniuses. Thankfully Cecilia and Can were on our tour so they could explain everything to us that we couldn’t understand from our guide. This place is hard to explain in words so have a look.
It was then off to the salt mines of Maras, a small village in the valley known for one thing, salt! There was salt as far as the eye could see and it was one of the most unique experiences I’ve had for sure.
Although the guide was nearly impossible to understand, the sights did not disappoint. They were way off the beaten path. Miranda got lucky enough to sit shotgun so she could see perfectly clearly every time we all almost plummeted to our deaths around each corner on insane cliffs.
When we got back we met Cecelia and Can at the Chocolate Museo for our chocolate making class. We had a great time. We got to roast, peel, and hand grind the beans down. We made a few traditional chocolate drinks. While everyone took turns stirring the drinks we had to sing a song. Most people did songs like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Old McDonald. Miranda shaked things up with a fabulous rendition of My Milkshake Brings all the Boys to the yard. She was last to go so we ended on a high note!
I said goodbye to Cessy and Can but will hopefully see Cessy again in a few weeks when I head back to Cusco.
Next it was a mini GBN reunion in Cusco. Margi and I went to Jr. High and High School together but haven’t seen each other since. Margi now lives in Cusco so Miranda and I decided to meet up with her for dinner. We went to a really cute place where we basically had a private room and Pisco sours were had by all!
“Down in the Valley” -The Head and the Heart