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Report 2008: Peru - Land of the Incas

By Paula G. Cullison from Arizona, Summer 2011

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Page 7 of 9: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo

photo by Paula G. Cullison

Ollantaytambo - Samanapaq in the Sacred Valley

The Vistadome train took me from Aguas Calientes to the heart of the Sacred Valley. Having wanted to spend time in the Sacred Valley, I found the Samanapaq Hostal in Ollantaytambo (found on expedia.com). Contrary to the connotation of its name, it was a beautiful sanctuary. This gem is an old villa owned by a retired Peruvian lawyer and his lovely wife. They also offer pottery classes. Had I known ahead of time, I would have spent more time there. Hours relaxing in the hammock, as I glazed at the Andes Mountains, were heavenly. The next day instead of taking the train, I took a private car with them to Cusco since they were going to a wedding. Talk about luck!

That evening at the Terra Andina Hotel, I met with Milton, the President of the AIESEC chapter in Cusco, and current University student. Milton has lived in Cusco all his life and is thrilled to be associated with an international organization. It has literally opened a whole new world up for him. He is hopeful that he will receive a trainee-ship, provided that he can receive some funding. Of course a Spanish speaking country would be best, as Milton does not speak or understand any other language. I was so happy to have met Milton all thanks to Justin.

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