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Chinchero
Chinchero is one of the most picturesque rural towns in the area. Its typical colonial houses are mostly built on old Inca structures. Chinchero has a nice colonial church in a typical rural style. This town is also know for its Sunday market.
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Maras
The salt flats of Maras counts over 4 000 terraced wells, irrigated by a hot spring that offer the whole range of tints from white to brown. A striking exhibit, that already existed before the Incas.
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Moray
Moray is a pre Hispanic agricultural experiment station. It consists in a complex of several circular terraces creating different weather conditions for different kind of crops.
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Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo is a town located at about 80 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of the Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca still inhabited buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail.
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Pisac
Pisac is perhaps best known for its Incan ruins, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The ruins are separated along the ridge into four groups: Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. Intihuatana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a "hitching post" for the Sun (or Inti), is the focus of the complex. The angles of its base suggest that it served some astronomical function. The colonial town of Pisac lies down in the valley and is very known for its local market.
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