Peru Journals

Peru without Machu Picchu

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A travel journal to Peru by SeenThat

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Plaza de Armas

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Attraction | "On Appearances and Façades"

Plaza de Armas Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
At first sight, Cusco’s Plaza de Armas is a typical Spaniard colonial plaza defining the center of a sleepy – almost forgotten - town. It takes some time and acquaintance with characteristics of various cultures to find out the violent cultural clashes that defined the shape of this extraordinary place. Flowers, grass, ornate lamps, triangular and round gardens, all these are fine and expected. The first sign of something unusual is two similar cathedrals on adjacent sides of the square. To those unfamiliar with churches it may be even difficult to differentiate between them; both feature two towers and similar architecture. Yet, one is broader and less elaborate in design; its name is Catedral of San...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2011

Plaza de Armas

Cusco, Peru

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park

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Attraction | "On Mighty Rocks and Other Dimensions"

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
So, Cusco was the capital city and Machu Picchu was its attached oligarchs’ resort. Is that the whole of the Inca Empire? Even that no much was left, there are four sites of ruins between Cusco and Pisac, the market described in my Machu Picchu journal. The closest ruins to Cusco are the ones at Sacsayhuaman, from where Cusco can be appreciated from above. Further toward Pisac are Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, in this order. The last is just eight kilometers from the city; walking the whole distance may seem a tempting idea to spend a day in nature. However, nature here is full of thiev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park
Located On A Steep Hill That Overlooks Cusco
Cusco, Peru

Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay

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Sacsayhuaman  Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
Just one kilometer from Sacsayhuaman is Q’enqo, a large limestone structure carved with many steps leading to nowhere, or to a place that doesn’t exist anymore. This is a motif typical of huacas, sacred stones appearing in Inca worship places. Between these two sites, horses can be rented for short rides; if arriving in an organized tour (which is the recommended option due to certain dangers here), ask before booking a place if time is scheduled for this activity.The name of the site means zigzag in Quechua. At first this may seem more appropriate for Sacsayhuaman since this fort was built in a clear zigzag pattern. Here, finding the pattern demands an effort since it was carved within th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2011

Templo de la Merced del Cuzco

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Attraction | "Order of Our Lady of Mercy and Redemption of Prisoners"

Templo de la Merced del Cuzco Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
As mentioned in another entry of this journal, beyond its obvious Peruvian topics, it also deals with appearances. The rich local imagination contributes into making appearances more important than reality. In the context of Cusco, is the presentation and marketing of the city as the capital of the Inca Empire. The claim is real and false at once.Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire. Then, what was left of it after the Spanish conquest was destroyed on March 31, 1650, when an earthquake destroyed much of the city. A new city was constructed then, but it was a Spanish colonial town and not the Inca capital, the small Inca "canchas" were replaced by the much larger Spanish "...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2011

Templo de la Merced del Cuzco
SW of the Plaza De Armas
Cusco, Peru

Inca Trail

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Attraction | "Trekking Out the Inca Trail"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
Maybe because of its fame, I wasn’t expecting much of the Inca Trail. An intricate network of thirty thousand kilometers of trails connected the corners of the Inca Empire, from Colombia to Chile. "Corners" is the correct word, despite the territory being rather elongated in shape. The Incas called their home Tahuantinsuyo, literally "The Four Corners." The modern city of La Paz is located in what used to be the "Kollasuyo" quarter. The roads served to move Inca armies, and were wide enough for at least two warriors to walk abreast. A system of runners stationed at tambos (see the Q’enqo entry in this...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 28, 2011

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru