We awoke to a down pour of rain and thanked the Sun God for providing us with such a beautiful day yesterday to experience Machu Picchu. An early morning wake-up call and breakfast were in order before our 5 minute walk to the train station in Aqua Caliente. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo took 2 hours (30 minutes longer than on our previous trip – it is a single lane track and our train was the one that had to pull over to let oncoming trains pass). By the time we arrived the weather had changed to a sunny day.
Our bus driver Saul met us and we travelled for about 1 hour to the ancient Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. This temple was built at the meeting of three valleys. It was never totally finished because the Inca left when the Spanish invaded. The size of rocks that were used on the temple were really impressive, especially when you remember that it was all done by hand!!! Lunch was a buffet and offered something for everyone.
The next stop was to a ceramic artisan’s workshop where we actually got to meet the world famous artist – Seminario. He chatted to us for a few minutes after we had our tour of the workshop areas. Lots of shopping was done here!
We had a 1.5 hour drive uphill towards Cuzco. We had a short visit at the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman because of the length of stay at the ceramics location. This fortress is amazing… Massive stones to build the fortress walls. We arrived right near closing time and the guard was not going to allow us to go to the top… our Tour Director Daniela chatted to him, and did a fair amount of begging not doubt. But it worked and we raced up the hill to the outlook which provided views of the entire city of Cuzco.
Checked into our hotel then went to dinner and a walk around the town square. More time here tomorrow as we don’t leave until Sunday.
Another fabulous day in Peru.