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Monument Valley, Navajo Nation Reservation

sunny 65 °F

After three wonderful nights in our cabin on the Colorado River in Moab, we packed up and headed south to continue our adventure. On the way to our overnight in Keyenta, Arizona, we entered the Navajo Reservation to travel through Monument Valley.

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.

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Posted by rpickett 15:53 Archived in USA Tagged monument valley Comments (0)

Legacy of the Incas

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Pueblo

overcast 60 °F

This morning we headed down the Sacred Valley to a lower elevation to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, the gateway to Macchu Picchu. It's elevation is only about 8500 Feet.

First we stopped at the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the village and view its ancient Inca Ruins. Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of 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 buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night hike known as the Inca Trail.
In addition to the ruins, we were able to visit a local home complete with its supply of Guinea Pigs.
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After the ruin visit, we boarded the train, that would take us to the jump off point for Machu Picchu.
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Posted by rpickett 14:09 Archived in Peru Tagged valley sacred machu picchu pueblo Comments (0)

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