Photographer's Note

Pisac constitutes one of the entrance points towards the crowned valley. Located at about thirty kms in the north of Cusco, this valley which follows the course of Rio Urubamba gathers several cities and archeological sites. The INCA citadel is perched on the surrounding mountains. The situation of the site of Pisac is very spectacular because of its situation on rather steep slopes in order to protect the site from the invaders. On the mountainsides, a small path enables you to visit the whole of the site. From its top, you go down (or go up!) towards the various places of the site. (11km of rise all the same to the valley). The village, bellow of the fortress, dates from the colonial period and it is inhabited by campesinos which cultivate the rich person valley, on the two sides of the river Urubamba (who runs through Ucayali, then is thrown in the Amazon and finally in the Atlantic Ocean with more than 6000 kilometers from there).

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