Trip Start Jul 20, 2006
Trip End Aug 10, 2006

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The clouds parted their white misty blanket revealing dozens of metallic blue swallows preforming their aerobatic manouvers above the wonderous stone walled inca city of Machu Picchu . We arrived at the top of the 2500mtr mountain at 6:30 am before the truckloads of tourists turned up herded along by multilingual tour guides and so got a good view of the city as the sun rose revealing the splendour of the ruins.
Built around the time that the Inca civilisation was dying out due to the Spanish doing what all of us Europeans did back then and stealing all their gold,enslaving the people and passing on diseases, there are numerous theorys about why it was built, some believe it was built as a last stronghold against the conquistadors,due to it being extremely difficult to get to(before the roads taking the many buses were invented) and so easy to defend,some say it was a big country palace for the head honcho Incas and some say it was to rekindle the Inca predominance, no one knows for sure as the Incas all died out without leaving a diary(bloody inconsiderate if you ask me)and so you get many more of those wierdy beardy types wandering around stroking their beards and pondering the intricacies and mysticism of the Incas.
    The stonework around the site is very impressive, especially considering the basic apparatus they must have used, huge multi ton granite stones perfectly interlocking and various positioning which make the sun illuminate certain points at certain times of the year(they were sun worshippers, one of the reasons why the spanish destroyed many temples as they believed they were heathens and catholic was the way to go) its quite astounding to see such detailed and complicated architecture and realise its a thousand years old, to build something like that now would take several years and several millions, the Incas did it with blood sweat and tears.
    Returning to Cuzco on a 4 hour train ride through magnificent mountainous scenery populated by indigenous people in their fine woven clothes and the occasional llama with a backdrop of the sky reaching snowcapped Andes, our tired and aching legs were soon rejuvenated after a fantastic massage and a lunch of crispy fried guinea pig, Sprawled out on your plate with head and little feet still attached it looks like something from a horror movie but once you get over the fact that it was once a cute little furry pet adored by children worldwide you find its actually quite tasty, tasting like a cross between chicken and pork and the crunchy little ears are divine. Dont think it would catch on back home though, those PETA fellows would have a field day.
    After a night in one of the funkiest bars i have ever been in, a small place just off the main plaza called big blue, filled with funky young peruvians and a peruvian band with some seriously hardcore bongo players and cool guitarists eventually giving way to some seriously banging techno and leading to a seriously banging head this morning we are waiting for a bus to take us 14hrs to Nazca, the site of strange lines in the shape of animals created in the desert by the Incas, something different to look at.

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