I did the Sacred Valley of the Incas tour today on my way to see Machu Picchu.
I ended up with a real bad headache, probably from the altitude, and just about had to give up on my tour. But after sitting down for awhile and massaging the pressure points on my eyebrows the headache finally went away, and I was able to explore the Inca ruins.
We stopped at Pisac, a small city in the valley below some ruins. There was a large craft market located there, but we never did get enough time to see everything. The crafts in Peru are mostly made up of textiles. Toques, shawls, scarfs, etc. all made of Alpaca or Llama hair. I finally decided to buy one of their colourful toques but found them to be too thin to do any good during the Canadian Winter.
I ended up at Ollantaytambo which had some interesting ruins.
As you can see from the next bunch of photos I couldn't get over the intricate stone work. Some of these stones weighed 60 tons and where brought from a mountain that was located 5 km away.
From Ollantaytambo I caught the 7:30 pm train to Aguas Calientes, where I would embark on my 1 day pilgrimage to Machu Picchu like millions of tourist before me. I really would have liked to have taken the train ride in the day time so I could see all the amazing scenery along the way, but I was pressed for time from spending too much time in the jungle.