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Mercado de Urubamba

Sacred Valley of the Incas
After our time in Machu Picchu, we spent a couple of days exploring the Sacred Valley, with the town of Urubamba acting as home base. Despite a couple of super luxe resorts in the area, the town was noticeably impoverished. When we stepped out of our resort, we were a block away from el Mercado de Urubamba, one of the most authentic things we experienced in Peru.

Locals were dressed in classic Incan garb, babies were strapped to their mother's chests or backs as they ran errands, and residents set us shop to sell their fruits, veggies and meats. It was raw, real, and incredible to experience.