Peru Day 3: Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero I had been sleeping soundly on the tour bus, when we pulled up to Ollantaytambo. The sun was on on it's way to sunset and the air had changed since our last stop. Ollantaytambo was what I had pictured Incan ruins to look like, these massive stone structures carved into the mountain. It's truly incredible how people so long ago were able to build these structures. I don't have a great picture of it, but there was a mountain with full on huge structures carved in the side of the mountain.... and not just any mountain.... a mountain whose slope was was nearly vertical. Super incredible.
By the time we reached Chinchero, the sunlight was nearly gone and it had begun to rain. We arrived at our destination, greeted by local women dressed in traditional clothing. Evidently we were there for a demonstration. Three generations of women showed us how they made the yarn, how it was dyed and a weaving demonstration. Everyone on the tour were then welcomed to buy their goods. I have a weakness for handmade goods, especially when I meet the people who've handmade them.... so I bought lots of socks, glittens, legwarmers and caps (at a jacked up price, which I later discovered). All in all, I loved the experience of demonstration and meeting these people who were warm and cheery.