Raqchi to Cuzco

Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
Trip End Sep 12, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Cuzco,
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We bought tickets with a company called Inka Express, with very modern buses that included a hostess, who served hot and cold beverages, and also a bilingual tour guide for the 10 hour trip to Cuzco. No guide could ever be as good as Jesús but he did a good job pointing out archeological sites and providing historical background. A first major stop was in Pukara. Our bus tour of $50 each included admission to archeological sites and our noon meal which was a huge buffet style meal. Our guide clearly indicated the significant transitions well before the Incan empire and after the Spanish conquest. For example in pre-colonial ceramics male and female llamas were the most common symbols, but after the conquest the fertility symbol was the bull (el toro).

The next large archeological site was Raqchi, surrounded by a 7 km stone wall. It is pre-Incan and has preserved some massive walls. The purpose of this Center is not known but the windows that remain are determined to aligned with the southern solstice, so it probably was a religious site.

Arriving in Cuzco I went to bed for 36 hours, having experienced the first symptoms of "the Inca revenge" the like of which I had only experienced once before but perhaps requires no further explanation. It was up to Denisse and Naomi to discover Cuzco on their own.
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