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Day 13 Wed

Paso horses

Day 13 Wed .  Just a side note on Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is actually the name of the mountain. The sacred city sits between Machu Picchu and  Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu means old mountain. Huayna Picchu means young mountain. I had thought it was the city itself.   We took the train to Urabamba and then transferred to a bus. We then went to see the sacred temple which was the most important temple between Cusco and Machu Picchu.  It's exactly 250 steps to the top.  I think , when we get back home we're going to stay away from stairs for awhile. This temple is in the sacred valley. Quite beautiful looking down from the temple on to the fields. And the village.  Continued on to a ranch/restaurant that had the peruvian paso horses. The paso horses have a stride that has both legs on the same side move in tandem. This allows for a very smooth stride. We had a Peruvian 7 course meal with one of the courses being grilled beef heart. This was new to most of our fellow travelers but not to me. We were then given a demonstration of these beautiful horses ridden by gauchos. Then we were given the opportunity to ride them. Of course I did. This horse was so responsive, it could turn on a dime. It was a lot of fun. I'd love to do that again.  Continued on to Cusco with one stop for pictures as we were leaving the sacred valley. The locals take every opportunity to sell their wares and this was one of them.  We couldn't resist the little girl, probably around 8or 9, in her traditional clothing. So yes, we bought some items from her   

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