Wednesday 6 January 2010
Highlights: Planelerra project – Ccaccacollo, Pisc Ruins, Inca Pub, Hiking the ruins of Ollantaytambo
We visited the Planelerra project in the Ccaccacollo Community. Planeterra, which is the charity arm of GAP Adventures to help local communities, has been working with the Ccaccaccollo community to develop a women’s weaving cooperative since 2005. This initiative is to help financially support the women in this village was the men leave for up to 10 months to work as porters on the Inca Trail. I bought a beanie to help keep me warm on the Inca Trail.
Next up was a visit to the Pisac Ruins. The Pisac Ruins are situated at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley, 1 hour from Cusco. Located high above the valley floor and the modern colonial town of Pisac, the ruins are considered to be one of the finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the country.
Next up was a visit to an Inca Pub in a picturesque little town playing a local game of tossing coins with the winner getting a free locally brewed beer.
Lastly for the day we arrived at Ollantaytambo and we hiked up and around the Ollantaytambo Ruins. The setup of the structure was to maximise sunlight to allow for warmth and to grow crops.
We stay in a nice compact hotel for the night to be close to the starting point for the Incas Trail hike commencing tomorrow.