Between February 1-6, we did some self tours to other sites in the sacred valley and around Cusco. Of note we visited in the Cusco were Ollantaytambo, Pisaq and Moray. We did not have Lyle for these sites so we had to get information from Wikipedia.
Ollantaytambo is a small town in the sacred valley. It is the starting point to the train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). We spent an day in the town exploring the Inca ruins and the walking through the narrow streets Many of the houses have Inca walls as foundations and the temple was impressive.
Pisaq is a town in the sacred valley. From the town we went to hilltop Incan ruins, known as Inca Písac, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. According to the Wikipedia article on Pisaq the ruins include Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a “hitching post for the Sun” (or Inti)
Another site visited was the site of Moray which has circular stacked terraces. Each terrace has a slightly different climate and the theory is that they were used to develop hybrid seeds. We also visited the salt flats which were ok for photo opps, but not that interesting.