After river rafting and lunch, we started our first ruin tour. Ollantaytambo. This by far was the most continual climbing that we did all week. It certainly made the rest easier, but all the while thinking how much worse could it get!
Looking up from the bottom.
The stairs we would have to go to get about one-third of the way up.
We would end up back here.
Up towards the top are what they believe to have been grain storage areas. We would walk through there later.
It’s not too late to turn around!
Grain storage on the other side of the valley.
Our guide Ernesto showing us how an ancient sling shot works and telling us about a yearly competition with some of the tribes, including his.
Our local guide Harvey explaining theories of construction of the ruins and pointing out the tight corners, made without any modern day tools.
Not for those afraid of heights! That’s for sure.
One of the other Tracy’s on the trip.
I made it to the top!
It’s a long way down.
We would walk to the other side, around the curve and down.
The kids didn’t think this little guy was alive, until he flew away!
The view on the other side.
Notice the Incan Cross in the stone?
From the grain storage areas looking down.
The other Tracy, with her family. I admit, the ledge here made it quite scary.
Is this a face carved into the mountain side?
Time to go back down. This was probably the hardest part.
Some Peruvian women.
Heading back into town.
Look at how many more people are touring this ruin now. Thankfully we are done.
A couple streets in Ollantaytambo.
The first of many toads/frogs we would see on this trip. This was at the spa at Sol Y Luna.
Of course we found out about the wine cellar in Wayra. As luck would have it, a few of us had the opportunity to dine in there.
Not a great picture, but you get the idea! We had a nice meal in there since the dining room was full when it came time for us to eat. This was on a night on our own.