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Diane Valenti's Sacred valley

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One of the best things to do while in Cuzco is to visit the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean town of Pisac, taking either a taxi or a more economical bus to get there. The villagers surrounding Pisac come from miles around to sell their...
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Comprised of over 2,000 small salt wells, the "Salineras de Maras" have provided a steady source of salt for residents of Peru's Sacred Valley since potentially before the days of the Inca. Diverting water from a naturally salty spring, small...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
We pulled into a small, dusty village. My guide stopped his car in the middle of the road and this young boy ran up to us. My guide spoke to him in Quechua. The boy then turned and called down the road. Suddenly, this quiet street was filled with...
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Chinchero District, Peru
Every color is represented in hand-dyed alpaca wool yarn, which hang in a rainbow from the stucco wall. Four to five women demonstrate yarn washing, dying, and knitting techniques passed down generation to generation, mostly orally. At these...
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Urubamba, Peru
In Peru, I gave my boxed lunch to a Quechua woman on the plane. I went to the bathroom when we landed. When I came out, the Quechua woman was standing there . I asked her in Spanish if everything was ok. She nodded. We walked through the terminal...