Our focus today was on the Urubamba Valley, from its early times to present day life.
The sun was shining beautifully this morning and was perfect for a lazy raft ride on the Urubamba River.
Afterwards we went to the nearby Ollantaytambo ruins where Pepe gave us a complete tour of the well-preserved site.
Afterwards, we stopped in a "bar" for a cultural experience. I use the term bar loosely because bars are often set up in the kitchens of people's homes. The only alcohol that is sold is "chicha," a mild beer made from fermented corn. It is home brewed in large batches and must be consumed within a day or two. Customers know when a bar is open because the "proprietor" puts a long stick with a flag or some other kind of marker in front.
We tasted the chicha, which was kind of sour, but our hostess made one with strawberries and sugar and it was quite tasty.
Then we left for our lunch hosted by a local resident.
One more stop for the day was to an artist's studio. His name is Seminario, but unfortunately, he was not there. But his work is exquisite and he employs 50 local people in his workshop. He originally was an architect but decided to become an artist. He started out selling sculptured clay houses on the street in Cusco and the rest is history.
Tonight, before we went to dinner, Pepe hosted us at the bar with a lesson on how to make Pisco Sours. They resemble whiskey sours because an American on tour invented it years ago and it stuck. Then we went to a local restaurant and enjoyed one of Peru's most popular dishes, "pollo a la brasa"(rotisserie-style chicken) which was very good. Tomorrow - Machu Picchu!