We made our way through the Andes of Peru en route to Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca’s agricultural setting and an important ceremonial region, with the sacred sites of Cusco at one end and Machu Picchu at the other and countless ceremonial sites in between.
Our first stop was to one of these sites, Pisac. We went for a very steep hike before descending in the village below for a visit. While visiting the village, we were able to feed many ravenous llamas and alpacas!
After a stop for lunch in Urubamba we made our way to the town and archaeological site of the same name, Ollantaytambo. During the hike in Ollantaytambo, we were lucky enough to witness the “Super Moon”, with the full moon coming as close to Earth as it would all year – 14% closer and 30% brighter. A pretty spectactular sight to behold normally, let alone witnessing it standing on top of an ancient ruin in the last fully-functioning Inca town.
Our guide Gaby was so moved by it that it brought her to tears. She was so touched by the sight, happy to be where she was. We all were. We annoyed the whistles being blown at us telling us that we need to descend the ruins because of the sun having gone down. Eventually we didn’t seem to hear the whistles anymore. We all stood up there and watched, the moon getting brighter and bigger and peeking higher and higher above the mountains.