Nestled in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountains is the Sacred Valley. It lies about 12 miles (20 kilometers) new the capital of Cuzco. Due to the winding roads it does take about an hour to an hour and a half to get to the Sacred Valley. You’ll enjoy the views as you are engulfed to the heart of the Andes Mountains where they loom protectively over you. It became part of the Incan empire around 1100 to 1400 A.D.
When we finally made it to Urabamba, the car drove through a very shady part of the valley. Not knowing what laid before us as we sat in the taxi waiting for the large gates to open up, we were greeted by a sprawling lawn a wooden mansion on the premises, and our little stone cottage, that was more like the size of a house. The setting was like an English Garden that you can only read about in classic English novels. It was cold when we arrived, no more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or 10 degrees Celsius. For our thinned out Hawaii blood it was cold. On this trip we also brought along Sky’s brother and his brothers friend. Between the four of us, it would make the trip less expensive in some cases. Dew, the cottage manager greeted us when we arrived. She gave us some cocao tea to help us acclimatize to the 8,000 foot altitude, or 2,438.40 meters. Cocao leaves are medicinal leaves that are used to help with altitude sickness. It’s an Incan custom, and while the leaves are plentiful, they are very strict on the plant being used to formulate cocaine or heroine.