Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Valley that is sacred

After leaving Cuzco on monday, we headed off on a 5 day tour of our own making to the Sacred Valley. It´s a world of Incan ruins, very large hills, very colourful albeit touristy markets, great views, no rain and a spectacular salt mine.

A very salty river, not the kind to find when your thirsty in the desert, has been diverted to form these salt mines in Salinas. We could walk around the place at leisure dipping our fingers into the Charlie and The Chocolate factoryesque landscape albeit with a savoury edge. Unfortunately I got very thirsty and had to purchase the very overpriced water at the shop afterwards.As you can see from the toilet above the Incas were in fact giants with very large bottoms. Further proof of this can be seen in the picture below.... look closely for the face in the rock

Nobody knows if the Incas carved the face or if it just appeared naturally...or maybe the Gods themselves carved the face. The above photo was taken at Oleyteytambo, and the building to the right of the face was actually for storing grain.
The Incas were very good builders and even better movers of stones. All the giant rocks were moved from a quarry 6 miles away, where they even managed to divert a river to get the job done. Good on you Incas! Many Inca walls are still in tact around the Sacred Valley like the one below in Chinchero where many of the locals still enjoy a spot of knitting

1 comment:

Murano Glass said...

Wow! its beautiful amazing art work i love this type of knitting work.