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A real set of stones

Spent the day on a hill overlooking Cusco.  And keep in mind, I’m 6-foot-1.

mattsacsayhuaman2.jpg It’s anyone’s guess how the Incas transported these stones to a hilltop overlooking a town that’s 11,200ft in elevation.  But there they are.  And stunningly, the Incas didn’t have the wheel.  This site is called Sacsayhuama(pronounced something really close to sassy woman).  It was first a temple, and later used as a fortress.  And it was the Incas’ inability to hold this fortress that would end up being the pivotal turn in the fall of the Inca empire.

sacsayhuaman.jpgThere were also three towers inside the walls, but I’ll give you one guess what happened to those.  If you guessed “torn down by the Spanish”, you are correct!  My favorite photo of the day was near the entrance, where a group of native women were trying to sell their assorted tourist garbage the the guy in red.  But note the white chalk line on the ground.  The peddlers aren’t allowed beyond that line.  As soon as I saw the line, I found myself  making a beeline for it, like the group of ladies that goes to your local mall before the stores open to get their speed-walking exercise.

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All said, Cusco is a really nice town, albeit a bit touristy.  I think that latter is unavoidable given the constant influx of people on their way to see Machu Picchu.  It has a district with a maze of narrow alleys, some really impressive cathedrals and Spanish Colonial homes.  And if you have to land somewhere on the way to Machu Picchu, it sure beats Detroit.

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7 responses to “A real set of stones”

  1. Dad says:

    Ok, you want me to tell you how the stones got up the hill.

    I have been following your blog everyday and most of the time ther is a great photo with you in it. How are you doing this especially this last one?

    I understand timers and delays but your camera is so far away and your pose is right on.. Is someone else taking the photo??

    Anyway, great phots and as usual intersting write up. If YOU and I could not figure out stonehenge and the pyramids at giza I dont think we are going to figure out “sassy woman”

    Enjoy and be alert

    Love You Son

    Dad

  2. Matt says:

    Full disclosure: I take my own self-photos. I have yet to use one taken by someone else. The way I see it, if you can take good photos of other people and places, you should be able to take good photos of yourself. In the case of today’s blog post, it involved a 10 second timer delay and me running like hell to get to that wall in time for the photo.

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