PAN AMERICAN JOURNEY PART XXII – PERU
Zuzana Salz stopped by to see many historical places and monuments during her Pan American Journey. But this stay at Machu Pichu wasn't so great in the end..
Bienvenidos en Cusco!
Cusco is the archeological and tourist hub of Peru. It’s a city where all the inner city buildings have Inca rock foundations, and despite many earthquakes, they are still standing due to the precise craftsmanship with which these walls were made with. It was the Spaniard invasion around 1536 that resulted in mass destruction of Cusco and the Inca sites in the area that the rock walls didn’t survive.
Since there are hundreds of Inca Ruins around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we bought a tourist ticket to the most popular sites and spent 10 days exploring the biggest and most compact Inca rock structures in the world. These rock formations are straight up mind bending because the rocks are shaped to have round corners or have 11 sides so they immaculately piece together with neighboring rocks. Not to mention that some of the rocks weigh up to 300 tons! What’s odd, is that back in that time they had no iron or heavy duty tools, so all is rock stuff still remains as a mystery.
The most impressive sites were Ollantaytambo and the “Wall of the Six Monoliths”, Saksaywaman with the 400m zigzag wall made up of these huge interlocking rocks and of course, Machu Picchu. We took the budget route to Machu Pichu along the train tracks, so we only saw sections of the over-priced and busy Inca trail. But besides that fact that Machu Pichu is one of the top tourist destinations, it’s an exceptional place set among steep coned shaped mountains which makes it so stunning.
One funny fact is that all the names of these sites are made-up, no one knows the original names because they have long been forgotten. So Machu Pichu is actually a modern name!
The not so funny thing is that our van was broken into and almost all of our valuables were stolen. But not our bottle of whiskey which was more than needed that evening!
So now it’s of to Bolivia with a much lighter load! :)