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original gateway with double jamb door  
   

original gateway with double jamb door

and curious lobes at sacred ceremonial site
Ollantaytambo Idyll

May 20th 2013
At the end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lies Ollantaytambo, a travelers' dream. Small and peaceful, with only 2000 people, it lies along two rivers and is tucked between mountains covered with Incan ruins. The old town is unique--the best preserved, still-inhabited Incan city with its original layout, stone walls and houses, and cobbled streets with their water canals. Truly a walk back in t ... read more
South America » Peru » Cusco » Ollantaytambo

Peruvian Flag Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1... ... read more
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26th November 2013

WOW
I was going wow, wow with the amazing colours, costumes & scenery...and then I saw the stonework. Gotta say the photos of the stonework are what really takes my breath away. How can the Incas achieve such perfection?
26th November 2013

Amazing stonework!
Glad you enjoyed the visuals of this incredible place, David! Being a nerd and always wanting to understand, I read lots on how the Inca achieved their perfect masonry. Unfortunately, I never quite got it; maybe it was the problem with the explanations because moderns have never been able to duplicate this early perfection. You'll die when you see the stonework of Cusco--more to come!

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