Friday, October 23, 2015

Pisac Inca ruins

This is Mike...
The two day strike against privatization of the Inca monuments is officially over but the road blocks are still causing headaches for the drivers. There were hundreds of large road blocks on the road in our short 32 mile journey to Pisac ruins. I guess, in the big picture, dodging road hazards is miner compared to losing national treasures to the highest bidder.
   Pisac was yet another great Inca treasure perched on a hill. Here, though, it was not just the temple and cliff side tombs that made it special but the terraced levels all the way up the massive slopes. Each time we visit an archaeological site we never heard of we leave the better for experiencing it.  This place is kinda on the tourist circuit but not to the extent of Cusco or Machu Picchu. This explains why so few visitors were there while we were there. There are many hiking trails all around the compound so with a lunch and water one could spend the entire day exploring cliff side tombs, the compound or the terraces. Way cool place to visit and easy to get there as well. Note, we recommend bringing toilet paper with you if you visit as the restrooms do not supply any paper products at all. Which could possibly leave you in a jam if you know what I mean. 

This was one of many hundred roadblocks on our journey today.

Beautiful mornings in the sacred valley.

Each level of the terraces is between 6 and 8 feet (2 to 2.5 meters) high

Perched on the hills, like being in the heavens.

The compound is in remarkable condition.

Very few visitors were there when we were visiting.

A massive room, with many insets in the walls, that were likely used as mini alters.

Commanding views from the defensive fort.

A gorgeous day for us at Pisac ruins.

Terraces were all around the site and a millennia ago the terraces were supplying abundant food for the inhabitants.

Some of the cliff side tombs were visible from the temple.

Building this temple most have been a massive construction effort.

A couple of the other visitors we saw during our stay.

Grandeur is the word to best describe the site.

This dwelling was perfectly perched to spot potential threats from invaders.

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