17.10.2012 - 17.10.2012 25 °C
Early in the morning we hit the road together with our Couchsurfing host, who decided to accompany us for this day trip. On our way to Tipón we came through a village which is known for its huge flat bread – so of course we stopped to take some with us (the price is about half compared to the market in Cusco, so worth a stop).
Tipón: It is located rather high up and as already described (several times) earlier, the Dodge doesn’t like it steep! Everything was fine until we hit a construction site, where we could have passed without any problems, but the workers stopped us only to tell us that we are fine to continue … we were not! It took several attempts, stones underneath the wheels and a few pushes until we could continue. Seriously, was that necessary?
Anyways, arriving at Tipón we figured it was totally worth the hassle! So far Tipón was one of the greatest places we have visited. It is beautifully located and maintained and almost no tourists come up here as it is considered far away/out of the way, not of high importance, etc … but if you ask me that is bulls*** it is totally worth a visit!!
Andahuaylillas: This is totally off the beaten track and luckily our hosts knew about this place. It is a tiny village and a little bit out of the way, but he took us anyways. The reason to go there is a beautiful church (entrance 10 Soles for adults and 5 Soles for students – it is not included in the Boleto Turistico) that was built by the Spanish in order to convert the Inka. Currently the church is under construction – which personally for Chris and me was more interesting than the actual church, plus we managed to sneak upstairs to have a look at the super-old organs and a close look at the ceiling, which is being repainted Anyways, it is called the Sixtine Chapel of South America, which by our means is a little exaggerative, but it is worth a visit!
Pikillacta: Our next stop was the pre-Inka ruin of Pikillacta – a giant area with tons of ruins and probably interesting if one knows what he’s looking at, but to be honest after Tipón and the church it was rather.. ääähhmm boring.
Pisac: On our way to Pisac I fell into a pretty deep sleep, but I think the landscape should be nice to see Anyways, I woke up perfectly to enjoy lunch at the market in the city of Pisac – to the ruins it was still a drive, about 20 minutes up the hill. But on the way we discovered a sign to Amaru – a community which was described in one of our guidebooks and which we definitely wanted to visit (but more on that later!).
The ruins of Pisac are amazing! First of all I think Pisac has the most terraces build into the mountain of all ruins in the area, second everything is directly build on/into the mountain and it is quite a hike to see the entire area – sadly tourist groups mostly just visit the first part and a lot of people miss out on the outstanding view that offers to have a look at the ruins of the Inka-city Pisac and at the new city of Pisac at the same time. But on the other hand it is nice for individual travelers, as one gets to see the second part rather in peace of the masses
Back to our personal adventures: Our Couchsurfing host left us in Pisac as he had to catch the bus back to Cusco. We continued in a positive mood to soon find a place to settle down for the night – but unfortunately it turned out the other way. Quite soon it got dark, and looking for a quiet road while it is dark is not an easy thing… as we reached the bottom of our patience we even started looking for Hospedajes, but in the Sacred Valley rooms are quite expensive. So after the 3rd one that told us the night is 60 Soles (usually we pay about 20 Soles) we went back to searching a place for the night. Finally we parked the car in front of a Rafting place – which we later found out was almost in Urubamba!! But well, we slept well and once our seats are put down to a bed, the curtains are closed, and the PJs are put on everything seems to be fine again