Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Last day in the Sacred Valley and back "home" to Cusco...

 On our last day in the Sacred Valley we managed to fit quite a lot in...

We took a taxi from Ollantaytambo to Urubamba (our friendly taxi driver from the previous day who took us to Abra Malaga was waiting for us when we left the hostel - he overcharged but had a good car and was good to us the day before...) where we were going to visit the Seminario Pottery workshop and gallery


We walked down a street that looked like any other, and came to a closed door where Mum went up and pressed the buzzer...  The door was opened to a large complex of buildings that is the Seminario workshop and gallery.




We were taken on a tour that included a video about the artists (in English!!) and then were shown through the workshops - WOW!!  What an experience to see these amazing peices created!  Pablo and Marilú are the creators - Pablo does the shaping and Marilú puts the colour on - and they have trained others in their work.  








There are also some rescued animals on the property as well in including some turtles from the jungle area and llamas (pronounced ya-mas) and a monkey who wouldn't let me take his picture...




After spending a few hours and quite a few more dollars/soles when headed to the bus station to find a bus to take us to Pisac where the markets (and more spending) awaited us... 

We boarded a local bus and for s/2.50 we got to Pisac.  After parking Dad in a bar and dumping our backpacks and pottery purchases, Mum and I hit the market.  We spent maybe 2 hours there and I'm not telling how much money - who's counting anyway - and came away happy with our (ok, mostly mine) purchases which included beanies, weavings, and dyes...






Before I spent too much money we went back to the bar to rescue Dad, loaded ourselves up with our backpacks and purchases and went in search of a collectivo to take us "home" to Cusco where we had arranged to meet Milka and Zac for a scrumptious dinner at a local restaurant "Fallen Angel" to celebrate International Women's day,



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