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Old 02-11-2010, 05:34 AM   #9
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After a couple of short day trips riding two-up on Juan Carlos's bike, we decided to take an overnight ride to Quillabamba, located on the same river, the Urubamba, that passes thru the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes (at the base of Machu Pichhu).

From Moras, looking towards Ollantaytambo at one end of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is roughly the portion of the Urubamba river (here called the Vilconota) that runs between Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. This section of the river was canalized by the Incas long before the Spaniards arrived, to increase arable land.

Ollantaytambo fuel stop, filling up before making for Abra Málagra.

This formation or place is called Peñas. Climbing towards Abra Málagra, looking back towards the Urubamba Valley and more mountain ranges beyond.

Abra Málagra pass, 14,157' elevation

Family at Málagra pass, 14,157'

Descent from Málagra

An excerpt from an old email.
Jan 4, 2003.
We rented "our" motorcycle again, and took a big trip on it, over the Urubamba mountains, the pass was 14,000 feet high!! On the other side we are staying in a town called Quillabamba which is like in the tropics, down river from Aguas Calientes actually, but more tropical.

This morning before we managed to leave, it started raining, so we are just hanging, waiting for the rain to stop. Anyway, this place is tropical, with motorcycle-rickshaw taxis, beautiful flowering trees, and rain.

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