This ride began in Chinchero at an altitude of 3,700 meters or about 12,140 feet. In Chinchero we first saw a demonstration of traditional lama and sheep wool preparation and dying.
This lady did a great job explaining the process in English.
These little creatures are the ginny pigs so loved by Peruvians as food on special occasions.
The soap they use to clean the wool is made from a root and does an excellent job.
Just some of the 3,000 varieties of potatoes in Peru pus beans, corn and other roots.
An Inka site. There was a celebration at the time with loud fun music.
The ride at first was tame, over country roads. It was an easy day of riding. The views of the mountain were spectacular.
It was only toward the later part of the ride that we got onto some single-tracks.
A young girl and her brother were not shy about coming over to view the repair of a flat tire, standing only a few feet away observing.
They think this was an experimental farm. Each of the 15 terraces below from top to bottom had a 1 degree Celsius difference in temperature allowing them to try to grow the cocoa leaf which normally grows in the jungle. They did not succeed.
The river runs along this canyon. It’s rich in salt. The many tables here allow the water to evaporate and the salt to be harvested.
This was near the end of our ride and just above the Sacred Valley where we would stay three nights.
Above a view from my hotel room balcony. The hotel is Inkallpa located in the Sacred Valley.
42.6 kilometers from an elevation of 3,700 meters
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