A Day of Ruins

Trip Start Sep 25, 2013
Trip End Apr 15, 2014

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Flag of Peru  , Cuzco,
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pre-note: if you have no interest in Incan ruins you may want to stop reading now and watch for the next post, or maybe just peek at a few pictures of these amazing structures...

When speaking of the ruins of Peru, the infamous Machu Picchu is always part of the conversation. However, the bounty of ruins in Peru is mind-boggling-and some just steps away-no crowds, no train ticket or special pass needed. I spent a day last week exploring some local ruins with my friend, Monica, and her roommate, Merjot. We shared a taxi to a tiny town called Andahuaylillas, where I was surprised to find a cooperative that supported the Waldorf school program-beautiful, locally made products of simple design. This sleepy town also hosts a beautiful church called Iglesias de San Pedro. From the exterior, one may look past this unpretentious structure, but inside lies Andean baroque goodness like you can't even begin to imagine( you will have to take my word for it, as we were not allowed to take pictures).This special church is often referred to as the 'Sistine Chapel of Latin America'. The ceiling is a site to behold-a web of intricate Andean patterns. Local lore says that there are gold treasures hiding within its walls and that the locals take turns guarding them. I would like to think that this may be true.

We then went on to clamber around the quiet ruins of: Tipon-known for its terracing and irrigation systems; Piquillacta ('the place of the flea') the village of the Wari people built sometime around 1100 AD and the only pre-Incan ruin in the area; and Rumicola, the Incan gateway to Cuzco.

At Tipon, I was wandering solo and took a wrong turn down the Incan trail thinking it was going to wrap around down the hill to the parking area. Instead, I had to climb my way back up before I walked myself back to Cuzco! I guess now I can say I got lost on the Incan trail ;)

Enjoy these beautiful structures! New post coming soon!
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sandra sanchez palacios on

you should have kept walking... you would have ended up in my home... you are so close :)

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