After our first night in Cusco, it was time to explore the Sacred Valley. My beautiful girlfriend and I got in our waiting taxi (we hired one for the whole day) and went to Chinchero, which is an Incan site (and a Spanish one) with a Sunday market. We didn't know it, but this would be the highlight of the day. The day could not be any better. The sun was up, the sky was blue as a dream. It was beautiful, fun and relaxing.
We met Rosita, an elderly Andean woman who had spread out her wares on the ground. We bought some gorgeous rugs from her and walked to the market which was starting to set up very quickly. I bought some fruit for Amy to try, so we sat down in the sun with our fruit and watched everyone at the market. It was so much fun. For me, it was a very special moment. There is so much fruit in Peru that is unknown to other countries. So after having a bite of a island banana (thats actually the name) I couldn't hold back some tears of joy. It was an indescribable moment.
After that, our taxi drove us to a demonstration place where we saw how textiles were dyed, and to more Secret Valley sights. We stopped at the salt mines of Maras and the agricultural terraces at Moray. After taking some shots, a rain caught us unguarded, so we had no chance but to change the venue. We set our course to the ruins of Pisac and the local market. The market was pretty entertaining, but it were the ruins that took our breath away. They were massive. It was nice and special because it was late enough that we were pretty much the only ones there. We climbed up all the way to the top and the views to the valley below were magnificent. We stayed in the ruins until 5:30 so we drove straight back to Cusco. It was already dark by the time we reached Cusco, so we asked the driver to take us to Chicha. Although is the name of a peruvian purple corn drink, it is also a restaurant owned by the famous peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. Great food, great place, and yes, great chicha!