Sacred Valley, Part 3

WOW!

WOW! The Sacred Valley in all its glory.

As we drove up and out of the valley these absolutely amazing views opened and presented themselves.  I have spoke of the energy that some places on the planet have, like heading over the pass on the Milford Track in New Zealand and being up in the peaks of the Alps, and the feeling and electricity that your body picks up on.  As we drove along this route through the Sacred Valley I got the exact same feeling.  It must be the scale of mountains, and being deep and high within them that triggers this intense feeling.  I am guessing this is what mountaineers and climbers are chasing.  I just tried to capture a little of its essence with my camera, which of course is nearly impossible.  At least on this day, the mountains and sun put on one hell of a show, and I just couldn’t stop clicking away.  I don’t think I have ever sprinted as much as I did during the twilight hours trying to shoot all the angles.  There was just so much to shoot as the light changed color.

Taken From the Bus from the plateau above the valley.

Taken From the Bus from the plateau above the valley.

I have never wanted my own vehicle more than at this moment.  We where driving at 40 mph passing some of the most beautiful vista points I have ever seen.  I was jumping from one side of the bus to the other, pulling the windows open and snapping shots as we flew by.  It was frustrating that I could get out and take my time to set up.  I did my best, and got a few semi-decent shots.

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared Valley Mountain Peaks

Scared valley mountain peaks, and plateau farmland.

Scared valley mountain peaks, and plateau farmland.

Silhouette Mountain

Silhouette Mountain

Sacred Valley Peaks

Sacred Valley Peaks

Godly Vista

Godly Vista

We drove from the Plateau into a small town and the final stop that we would make on this tour.  It was an old Inca site that was rebuilt by the Spanish into a christian church called Chinchero.  The town was small and had nice avenues lined by houses and shops.  In the church grounds many vendors had multi-colored textiles and crafts laid out making the scene even more colorful.  It was incredible, the crafts where priced best here, and the views where unparalleled.  We stayed in the church court and watched the sun set over the mountain peaks.  It was some of the most amazing color I have ever witnessed in nature.

Chinchero Avenue Door

Chinchero Avenue Door

Gateway to the Church at Chinchero

Gateway to the Church at Chinchero

Chinchero resident in doorway.

Chinchero resident in doorway.

Church Compound Arch

Church Compound Arch

The View from the Church Courtyard

The View from the Church Courtyard

From this view Christianity almost has it right...Doubt they ever look at it this way though.

From this view Christianity almost has it right...Doubt they ever look at it this way though.

View From the Church Courtyard

View From the Church Courtyard

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Sunset Over Mountain Peaks

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Mountain Sunset

Cross and Sunset Mountains

Cross and Sunset Mountains

Cross and Sunset Mountains

Cross and Sunset Mountains

Sunset Mountain

Sunset Mountain

Church Bell Tower

Church Bell Tower

Church Bell Tower

Church Bell Tower

Church Bell Tower

Church Bell Tower

Sunset Color

Sunset Color

Church In Sunset

Church In Sunset

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