Posted by: travelrat | January 19, 2021

O for …


City of Dreaming Spires; home of a rather well-known seat of learning and Inspector Morse. This is the Natural History Museum, through which you pass to get to the Pitt Rivers Museum, which has one of the most eclectic collections of artifacts anywhere.


Located in the Sacred Valley, it’s one of the oldest settlements in Peru. It’s also where many people board the train to Machu Picchu. But, it’s worthy of an exploration in its own right.


  1. Believe it or not, I never managed to get to Machu Picchu! I fell ill just before our trip there and had to remain in the hotel ‘down below’ while my fellow travellers traipsed up the mountain. That’s a lovely picture of Ollantaytambo:

    • Altitude sickness? We got a touch of it, and if we’d been going anywhere but Machu Picchu, we might have knocked it on the head. One couple in our party did; I really felt for them, as they’d been with us since Rio; we’d seen the Iguazu Falls and cruised around South America, only for that to happen ….

      Our daughter did the Inca Trail the following year, so was able to acclimatise gradually, and encountered no problems whatsoever.

      She said it was like the Pennine Way … with the addition they had porters to carry their heavy gear, pitch camp and cook for them!

      • Yes, it was altitude sickness. I also had it in the mountains just outside Barcelona, at Montesarrat, and that was only 1,200 feet high so I should have known better. However, keen to do everything I overlooked the obvious.

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