|Cuzco Plaza de Armas|
|Burgers for EVERYONE|
|Now those are ONION RINGS|
Everyone capitalizes on the altitude thing….
It’s not too often you show up in a city and say, “let’s go look at building materials”, but everyone who knows anything about the Inca and their building techniques (thank those Ancient Aliens again), know that they were renowned for puzzle-piecing massive rocks perfectly into position. 800 years later, bone rattling earthquakes and freezing temps notwithstanding, you can see that they still fit. And all without mortar! It baffles everyone that sees them, and this rock is the most famous of all, with 12 sides perfectly matched to its neighbors – not possible to slip even a piece of paper in the joints. It was a treasure hunt to find its location, on a smallish side alleyway. We were instructed by the modern-day Inca warrior standing guard not to touch the thing.
|Not touching the 12-sided rock|
Rather than take a tour, I was determined, despite the altitude, for us all to walk from site to site. We took a taxi to highest location (at 3700m) and furthest from town, and were able to walk downhill, visiting sites along the way.
First stop…Tambo Machay.
|Highest to date|
|Outdoor Incan Shower|
Q’enqo was reached via a wander through the fields of grazing llama and alpaca, and came complete with rock etchings and the obligatory sacrificial alter.
|Incan Zig Zag|
The next day we were off to Pisac. The locals kept telling us that it was “better” than Machu Picchu. We’d be the judge of that!
|Tunnel to the other side|
|On the blustery edge|
|No wonder they chewed so much coca|