Peru is famous for the ancient Incan ruins. Rightly so. No matter how many sites we visted I never ceased to be amazed at the extreme effort that was required to construct the walls and terraces. The tools were primitive but the manpower was not lacking.
Pisaq had endless terraces used for farming. We were told that they reconstructed the terraces each year to rotate the soil.
Machu Picchu deserves it’s own post. But anyone who has ever witnessed something breathtaking knows that pictures will never do it justice. Just imagine, an entire city in the middle of the jungle, built on top of a mountain 500 years ago. The most physically challenging part of our trip was climbing to the top of mount Waynu Picchu, which overlooks Machu Picchu. The way up the mountain is a rugged and steep Incan staircase, and by stairs I mean rocks. They have installed rope for help on the way up and down.
The view of Machu Picchu from atop Waynu Picchu.
This is me, feeling thrilled at top of this mountain.
The Inca people may have spent their lives in hard labor, but not much has changed for the current Peruvian people. If you click on this picture you can see how high up the side of the mountain the farms are. To get a general idea of the magnitude of the mountains just use the buildings in the valley as a scale. No small task for the people to climb the mountain each day to work on the farms.