Inca Storehouses, Ollantaytambo, Peru

The storehouses were built into the side of a steep hill, probably for defensive purposes. Throughout their empire, the Incas built storehouses for food, clothing, tools, and weapons, like these above Ollantaytambo. The [...]

By |2018-11-09T12:08:49+00:00February 19, 2013|Categories: Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|2 Comments

Machu Picchu, Inca Quarry

Machu Picchu is full of buildings that exhibit the masonry skill of the Inca people. But off in a corner, at one of the quarries, you can see the genesis, not only of that skill, [...]

By |2013-05-11T11:29:07+00:00February 10, 2013|Categories: Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inca Fortress at Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru

After the Spanish had taken the Inca capital of Cusco, the Inca emperor Manco Inca used Sacsayhuaman as the base of his counterattack to try to retake the city. Unfortunately, a small force of Spaniards [...]

By |2013-05-11T11:29:30+00:00February 9, 2013|Categories: Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|2 Comments

Inca Terraces, Pisac, Peru

The Inca terraces near Pisac, Peru, in the Sacred Valley. Looking back over the Incan Sacred Valley from Pisac, Peru. The Incas made the most of their mountainous land, leaving terraced fields all [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:01:52+00:00January 11, 2013|Categories: Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|2 Comments

Clouds at Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu

Clouds obscure most of Machu Picchu, as I look down from Huayna Picchu. It took us an hour to climb Huayna Picchu, the mountain that "frames" the city of Machu Picchu. We had to sit [...]

By |2013-05-14T21:36:02+00:00October 5, 2012|Categories: Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |0 Comments

The Beginning of the End of the Incas, Sacsayhuaman

I've been reading, for the second time, a book called The Last Days of the Incas by Kim McQuarrie. It makes traveling so much better when you know something about the history of what you're looking at. It's a terrific lot of historical research that reconstructs in great detail just how the Spanish destroyed the Inca empire, and fits in beautifully with Hiram Bingham's accounts of his rediscovery of the Incan sites, particularly Machu Picchu. (Did you know, btw, that Bingham was looking for Vilcabamba, the last Incan capital, and thought that's what he'd found at Machu Picchu? Oh well, that's another story for later, and to be told by someone else--scholars, for instance--who are interested in academic credit.)

By |2013-12-16T15:27:21+00:00December 13, 2010|Categories: Peru, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Quick Dash Through Lima, Peru

We've been in Peru for five days now, and the first impressions are that Peru is more prosperous than Ecuador, and that this is due to a few things: the people just seem to be more entrepreneurial, especially when it comes to tourism; and the government seems more interested in actually doing things to promote the economy instead of promoting itself. We see some of that in Cusco, where we are now, but it was really apparent in Lima, where we spent two days before heading up to the mountains.

By |2015-01-07T11:29:55+00:00December 8, 2010|Categories: Peru, South America|Tags: |1 Comment