Peru Journals

Vanishing into a Lost City

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A travel journal to Peru by SeenThat

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Reaching a Lost Place

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Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru
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A recurring theme while talking about Machu Picchu is altitude. Despite the attraction not being at an extreme altitude, 20% of people would experience mild altitude sickness symptoms here. Invariably, all human bodies would experience an acclimatization process to the decreased air pressure; I’ve described that extensively in the past. That means bad news for travelers rushing through the area, especially if unaware of his – or hers – reaction to altitude; everybody is different with respect to that. Well, that is unless you descent into Cusco.Despite Cusco being higher than ...Read More

Planning Machu Picchu

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Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru
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While reviewing Tiwanaku I mentioned Angkor. The same is inevitable while visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu. Simply, all these complexes date more or less from the same period and belong to failed kingdoms. This should be taken with several pinches of salt, pepper and chili; at its peak Angkor had over a million denizens and was one of the world’s largest cities and heir to a complex Hindu culture, while Cusco was just an oversized village with some impressive temples-on-cliffs at i...Read More

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Attraction | "On Overstatements and High Valleys"

Sacred Valley of the Incas Photo, Cusco, Peru
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As said in the "Planning Machu Picchu" entry of this journal, the best strategy for a visit to the area is to begin with the Sacred Valley; that’s true for altitude acclimatization considerations, but also for historical reasons. The trip would be more enjoyable and make more sense in such a way.The Sacred Valley offers two main attractions and a comfy base camp between them. Urubamba is a small town doubling as restaurant for most travelers crossing the valley; Ollantaytambo is at its northwest (twenty minutes by road) and Pisac on its southeast (40 minutes). This opens way f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2011

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Valley In The Andes Of Peru
Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Prelude: La Paz"It’s amazing! And the tools used for the construction were never found! It’s magic!"I was speaking with the American owner of a major handicrafts store in La Paz. As usual, I couldn’t avoid his fascination with Tiwanaku and Machu Picchu. However, I was getting tired to hear time and again the wrong arguments quoted by the lowest quality books on the area and their apparently countless readers. At least, this time I was spared the "extra-terrestrial source" speech. As if large stones were such an unusual building material....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2011

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

Cusco

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Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Old is the FutureTalking with Andean denizens may be confusing. The very concept of time in Aymara and Quechua is strikingly different. Some time ago I was talking with a local friend about an event in her far past and she told me in Spanish: "It’s too ahead, I don’t remember." The sentence doesn’t make sense in Spanish, but it’s perfect in Aymara.Simply, in the Andean cultures, the past is ahead of us, because we can see it, i.e. remember it. The future is backwards, because we don’t see it. The result of this worldview is that the future is never taken seriously. Don’t expect to meet people on time even if it was agreed several times (another local cultural point is th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2011