Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Peru, Part II: Cusco & Machu Picchu

 Cusco is a wonderful city.  It's the site of the historic Inca empire, but walls with bases of enormous stones raised questions about the heritage.  What I read is that the Killke occupied the region from 900 to 1200, prior to the arrival of the Incas in the 13th century. Carbon-14 dating of Sacsayhuaman, the walled complex outside Cusco, has demonstrated that the Killke culture constructed the fortress about 1100.  At 1100, we could not fathom how these people moved and formed stones that are over 20 tons with 13 angles.  It's very mysterious.  The Inca later expanded and occupied the complex of Cusco in the 13th century and after.

 The above shots are architecture that was of the Spaniard invasion.
 Great markets with traditional woven alpaca wools.

 Locate the marked stone differences. 

The trip's catalyst (raison d'etre) was Machu Picchu.  Pictures, as usual, don't do justice.

Hiked up Mount Montanta, Machu Picchu:

 Okay, I hiked it twice in a row:

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