Friday, June 26, 2009
Just outside of Cusco, Peru lies the Sacred Valley, which
was the traditional homeland of the Inca Empire. I
definitely got my inner archaeology geek on as we
visited eight different ruins, all different from each
other in form and function.
Sacsayhuamán - Located just above Cusco, it served as
a fortress, with some stones weighing over 70 tons!
Q'enqo - Servied as a sacred sanctuary to fertility
Puka Pukara - Used as a road control, administrative center, military
headquarters and food warehouse
Tambomachay - A resort for Inca royalty that included baths
Chinchero - A farming center with large terraces
Moray - a huge number of circular concentric farming terraces, each
with it's own microclimate!
Ollantaytambo - An example of Pre-Columbian urban planning, is
one of the few places the Incas defeated the Spanish Conquistadors
Pisac - A huge amount of farming terraces. We took a several
hour long hike through these ruins that kicked our butts at
over 11,000 feet in elevation.