As the Sun Pours Out

Great Things

I’ve read or heard or something (terrible start to a sentence) that in order to do great things, you have to take great risks.  I’m very certain that is true, and even those who’ve been there before, looking towards the next ‘big thing’ can be daunting.

As the Sun Pours Out

There are a few places that really stand out in my memory, and this is definitely one of them.   I think it has to do with being the first time I was in this type of amazing terrain.  I mean I’ve been thru the mountains and all, but there was something about these particular mountains.  It may have been that it was my first ‘real’ time travelling outside the US, and being on my own, and realizing that THIS was really happening.  In any case, the Peruvian culture that was dispersed throughout this beautiful landscape was something to be seen.  We had previously stopped in a little town, where you can buy some trinkets  but I was more interested in the food!  They had Coca tea, (thru some chemical processes, these are the same plants that cocaine is extracted from) which is great for helping your body with the altitude, and a very interesting corn on the cob and cheese combo.  None of that melty fake nacho cheese, a chunk off a wheel, sweet with a little bit of a cheddar bite.

Peru Mountains William Woodward

The Sacred Valley of the Incans – May 15, 2010

The Sacred Valley of the Incans – May 15, 2010

Alright, so the pictures seem to be going now.  Also, the “Pictures” post below that wasn´t working is up now, so check that out too.

First we arrived at the ruins of Pisac, a mountainside community that is thought to have been an agricultural and spiritual center, as well as the defence center for the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley.  The picture below is overlooking a section of the ruins, with some agriculteral terraces in the lower background.

The Sacred Valley of the Incans - May 15, 2010

Having some refreshing Coca tea, which due to it´s trace contents of cocaine isn´t legal in the US.  It´s very common among the indiginous people for it´s medicinal and religious ties, and has been proven to increase oxygen levels in the blood, therefore helping to fight altitude sickness.

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The ruins of Ollantaytambo were of mainly religious purposes, being surrounded by mountains, as well as having Machu Picchu to the west and Pisac to the east along the Urubamba River.

The Sacred Valley of the Incans - May 15, 2010

Take a look at the extreme prisicion of the interlocking rock wall that would have been the inside of a temple.

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