Sunday, October 25, 2015

Urubamba, the middle of the Sacred Valley

This is Mike...
We chose Urubamba town as our base of operations as it is in the middle of the Sacred Valley. Ruins, with the exception of Machu Picchu, are accessible in all directions within about a half hour's drive. Having our own vehicle makes choosing a place easier as we are not confined to public transit and their immediate surroundings. We are generally happier when we can choose slightly more rural places with room to spread out.
The narrow streets off the beaten track in Urubamba

Elise and the girls are shopping for some essentials at a tienda (store). We have found the vast majority of these small businesses are run by women and mostly grandmothers at that. These shops are convenient, fairly priced, and provide a decent livelihood for the owner.   

We just walk through a backyard gate to buy homemade, handmade, love-made chocolate.

Walk through this doorway at your own peril - The chocolate here can be highly addictive.

Narrow country streets just barely fit a bus

This church has been converted to a hotel and is very nice indeed.

This hotel is right next door to where we are staying

The main gate of the place where we are staying which has 6 cottages.

Our 2,000 square foot cottage is a nice indoor/outdoor place.

Our backyard had a lot of fruit trees and a garden.

1 comment:

  1. Machu Picchu will probably be almost anti-climactic after the great ruins you're visiting without the hordes of visitors you'll experience in Machu. Machu is great, but crowded. ps I'm getting a new knee on Tuesday.