March 29-31, 2017 Back in Cusco, we signed me up for a day hike to Rainbow Mountain. The next day we did a little sight-seeing, in the form of a walking tour. The most interesting part was learning how many of the modern buildings still have Inca foundations. Subsequently we spent some time exploring the San Blas artist neighborhood, picked up even more gifts, and bought me a pair of sun glasses to use in the mountains.
March 26-28, 2017 Ollantaytambo is another small ancient town. It’s surrounded by hills terraced well over a 1000 years ago to prevent land slides. Most interesting though is that most streets have a water channel on the side, which delivers water throughout the town. This basic system has been in place for hundreds of years, and was also on display at the local ruins, where we took another guided tour.
March 24-25, 2017 We took a day to travel to Aguas Calientes, which is the tourist town at the bottom of Machu Picchu. (The expensive train was nice, with great views and complimentary snack and drink server.) The next day we got up at an hour that should be reserved for afternoons, to take a short bus to the entrance and be among the first 100 or so tourists to arrive there.