Where we were dizzy!
Cusco was extremely high 3400 metres above sea level 300 metres short of the summit of Mount Cook ( The highest peak of NZ) so once we got off the plane we felt dizzy and nauseous while we were breathing thin air. Our taxi driver took us to the Wara Wara apartments. We had a relaxing evening. The next day we got picked up by our tour guide. His name was Jaime he was a cool guide and loved showing us around. We went to the Pisac Ruins in the Sacred Valley. They were separated into 4 parts and they were in shapes of animals that they worshiped such as Puma and Condors. They were really cool.
We all loved the terraces we stood there and admired them. The terraces were used for growing Potatoes and Quinoa, defence From the Spanish and stability for the land. After the Ruins we went to the biggest market in the area. It was so busy we saw all sorts of things like colourful fruit and vegetables and, arts and crafts.
The next day we did another tour with Jaime. First we went to a little town called Chinchero just a wee drive from Cusco and went to an area we some ladies were making textiles. Then we went to the centre of Chinchero where the church was. We went inside the church and they were in the middle of a service. After we saw a lady peeling potatoes. We walked over and helped her peel them. She was very grateful for our help she smiled at us and said something in Spanish Jaime translated it and she said that Holly will be the tallest even though she knew that Holly was the oldest (HOLLY WAS VERY EXCITED).
We did our job and drove to Moray. Moray is a whole lot of terraces in a shape of a spoon. That area was used for testing plants in the Inca time and how well they did with different altitudes.
We walked around the ruin and half way there Jaime showed us these cool spiders. He poked a bit of wheat in a hole and a spider came out and he fed it a black grass hopper. After the ruins we went to the salt mines. Once we got out of the car the salt was so bright it bright white and it felt like we were looking at the sun. We explored the mines and we tasted the salt and it was really salty.
The next day we went shopping cause we had a day off from tours guides. Then at 4 O'clock we went to the chocolate factory. We learnt about cocoa and that there are a lot of seeds in one fruit. We learnt how to make chocolate and at the end we decorated our own chocolate and we went WILD with lollies and decoration. Then later we picked them up.
On the last morning in Cusco we woke up early because Jaime picked us up and took us too Ollantaytambo there was a ruin it was pretty awesome it had over 200 steps to climb up and it was quite high but had an amazing view. After that we said good bye to dad because went to run the Inca marathon. After that we hopped onto a train to Aguas Calientes.