Saturday, 31 January 2009

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

We’re not going to bore you with a commentary of our tour of the Cusco and the Sacred Valley, so here are some images, so that you get the picture.
However, what I will say before leaving you to browse is that those Incas really could build stuff! God knows how they hauled, carved and polished massive stones and set them in place (without mortar) so tightly that you can’t even slip a sheet of paper between them. The colonial Spanish constructions on top of them look like the work of clownish amateurs, despite their intricate carvings. You can’t help but think what the place would have been like if the Spanish conquistadores hadn’t been so greedy and so wily, and the missionaries who followed them so convinced they were ‘saving’ the natives.

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