Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

We Took A Taxi To The First Set Of Ruins At Tambomachay,...

Tambomachay Served As A 'Spa' For The Elite Members Of Incan Society

The Creeks Are Still Flowing And The Water Diverted Through The Aqueducts...

It Is Believed By Some Researchers That The Incas Practiced A 'Water...

Across The Main Road Leading Into Cuzco Stands Pukapukara, Looking Down On...

As We Entered The Site, We Surprised This Fellow Sleeping The Afternoon...

The Name Pukapukara Means 'Red Fort', Probably Because The Rocks Look Pinkish...

The Structure Was Probably A Guardhouse, Or Perhaps A Stopping Place For...

Here You Can See Several Residential Chambers Below The Walls Of Pukapukara

However, It's The View Along The Valley That's The Real Stunner

We Walked Back To The Main Road to Make Our Way Downhill...

It Was So Sweet To See A Baby Donkey Having His Afternoon...

This Might Have Been Dad, He's Definitely The Wooliest Donkey I've Ever...

There Were Small Traditional Buildings Along The Road, Washing Hanging On The...

I Zoomed In On The Charms Atop The Grass Roof, Both Traditional...

It Was Great To Be Out Of The Busy City, Birds Chirping,...

We'd Brought Sandwiches Along With Us Otherwise We Might Have Been Tempted...

It Doesn't Look So Wonderful, But The Smell Of Pork And Potatoes...

The Meat Looked Too Greasy, But Anil Was A Little Interested In...

I Was Delighted To See The Raised Adobe Designs On The Sides...

Hummingbirds Dining On Hibiscus Flowers

A Couple In Traditional Dress Holding Hands

Inti, The Ancient Inca Sun God, Worshipped As The Patron Deity Of...

It Was A Long Walk In The Afternoon Sun, Fortunately Downhill All...

We Passed A Group Getting Ready To Ride Horses Along Scenic Trails

We'd Eaten Our Lunch Early And Were Happy To Spot This Woman...

I Couldn't Imagine Her Riding This Bike Seat, Pushing Her Cart Ahead,...

The Last Ruins Before The Famous 'Sexy Woman' Ruins Were The Least...

This Was Partly Due To The Fact That Visitors Can No Longer...

We Were Restricted To The 'Caves' Under The Rocks Where The Inca...

From Below Q'enqo Looks Like A Rock Slide, Spilling Down The Grassy...


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BACKGROUND

Excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Peru:

The four ruins closest to Cuzco are Sacsaywamán, Q’enqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. They can all be visited in a day – far less if you’re whisked through on a guided tour. If you only have time to visit one site, Sacsaywamán is the most important, and less than a 2km trek uphill from the Plaza de Armas in central Cuzco.

Tambomachay

In a sheltered spot about 300m from the main road, this site consists of a beautifully wrought ceremonial stone bath channeling crystalline spring water through fountains that still function today. It is thus popularly known as El Baño del Inca (The Bath of the Inca), and theories connect the site to an Inca water cult.

Pukapukara

Just across the main road from Tambomachay is this commanding structure looking down on the Cuzco valley. In some lights the rock looks pink, and the name literally means ‘Red Fort,’ though it is more likely to have been a hunting lodge, a guard post and a stopping point for travelers. It is composed of several lower residential chambers, storerooms and an upper esplanade with panoramic views.

Q’enqo

The name of this small but fascinating ruin means ‘Zigzag.’ It’s a large limestone rock riddled with niches, steps and extraordinary symbolic carvings, including the zigzagging channels that probably gave the site its name. These channels were likely used for the ritual sacrifice of chicha or, perhaps, blood.

Scrambling up to the top you’ll find a flat surface used for ceremonies and, if you look carefully, some laboriously etched representations of a puma, a condor and a llama. Back below you can explore a mysterious subterranean cave with altars hewn into the rock.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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