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  • Day137

    Les ruines de Pisac

    September 27, 2017 in Peru

    Ce matin nous repartons dans la vallée sacrée avec Nicolas pour explorer Pisac. Nous arrivons en haut du site en début d'après-midi. Ici c'est carrément la montagne toute entière qui a été "aménagée" par les incas!! On est sur le cul ! On a l'impression d'une vraie ville sur la montagne. On descend donc toute la montagne à pied au milieu de ces ruines.Read more

  • Day5

    Alpaka-Farm & Sacred Valley, Pisaq

    July 25, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Vormittags zu den Woll- und Fleischlieferanten, es wird auch gezeigt, wie die Farben für die Stoffe gewonnen werden. Rot aus Blattläusen der Kaktusfeige, gelb aus “human peepee“.
    Weiter geht es ins Sacred Valley, ein grober Oberbegriff für eine Ansammlung verschiedener Inka-Ruinen, die alle in einem äußerst fruchtbaren Tal anzufinden sind. Der Mais wächst hier 2x im Jahr.
    Zuerst sehen wir die Ruinen von Pisaq. Erstmals wird mir bewusst, dass die Inkas nur einen kleinen Teil der peruanischen Geschichte ausmachen, ca.1200 bis 1500 n. Chr.
    Pisaq zeichnet sich durch die unzähligen Agrarterrassen aus, die die steilen Hänge der Anden durch ein irres Bewässerungssystem fruchtbar machen. Außerdem bilden sie vom richtigen Winkel aus gesehen die Form eines Kondors mit ausgebreiteten Flügeln. Habe ich leider erst hinterher gelesen ^^
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  • Day42

    Pisac Archeological site 4th section

    November 10, 2017 in Peru

    On the other side of the 1st hill, we saw the 4th section of the town, a place for the burial. There are more than 3000 tombs in the holes in the hill opposite. All of them were ransacked by the Spaniards to loot gold and silver from the graves. Gold and silver were very important to the Incas since they represented sun and the moon for them. The Incas used to bury their dead with these sacred metals that were precious metals to the Spanish.Read more

  • Day42

    Pisac water system

    November 10, 2017 in Peru

    The water system was extremely important for the dry season. The Incas had dug an underground canal from a natural aquifer up on one of the hills nearby. The water was channeled to a big cylindrical reservoir and from there small channels and fountains ran all along the terraced rings.

  • Day42

    Pisac town

    November 10, 2017 in Peru

    Another 15-20 min from the viewpoint, we reached the town of Pisac. Its a town famous for its silver and precious stone work. Here we visit a local silver smithy workshop where they explained the procedure to make the silver and precious stone jewelry from the raw materials. They use 95% silver and 5% copper here. In most places in the world, 7.5% copper is used.
    (Stones in the pictures)
    Turquoise stone is used for bluish green color.
    Mother of pearl for white and silver.
    Sea shells from inside for bluish white.
    Serpentine stone from Macchu Picchu for yellow color.
    Lapiz Lazuli from Peru for the blue color.
    Onyx for black color.
    Other sea shells outer layer for other colors.
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  • Day42

    To the Pisac Archeological site

    November 10, 2017 in Peru

    After spending about 30 min at the workshop, we drove to the Pisac Archeological site. This places is about 3.5 kms up the mountains from the Pisac town. It was built by the Incas most probably to act as a checkpost for the farmers cultivating the sacred Coca leaves in the forests on the other side of the Urubamba range. This would be the place where they would cross over when going to Cusco.Read more

  • Day42

    Pisac Archeological site

    November 10, 2017 in Peru

    The Pisac town from the Inca times was a place where about 700 people used to stay. The town was split into 4 parts. The entrance part was a section for the sentries to guard the entry level and exit to the town.
    The 2nd section was a place of many concentric rings in terraces, much like at Moray. Similar to Moray, this place was for experimentation with crops. The temperature at the lower rings was much higher than towards the top so the Incas were able to grow different crops for different altitudes and temperatures.
    Jist above the terraced rings was the place for the royalty. There were stone buildings for them to stay in.
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  • Day68

    Time to say goodbye to Ivan and his dog Chili - but we are already thinking of coming back to Calca and the Sacred Valley one day, maybe for a multiday hike?!

    Taking the public bus to Pisac, we arrived around midday and started our hike up the ruins of Pisac. Again, there was much to see and admire about this Inca settlement. Contrary to Machu Picchu or Ollantaytambo, the ruins span a larger area and include everything:
    - farming terraces
    - military posts
    - outlook towers
    - temples (especially temple of the sun, Intiwatana)
    - living spaces/housing quarters

    It was a steep hike of >500m of altitude again (with a “tunnel” on ~3,500 masl ;-)) and we took about 3 hours to complete the round. It was quite windy on the mountain - Anna’s hair looked a but disheveled while Bertram’s hat kept the style :-)

    Then, we got some vegan cake for the journey and hopped on an almost full colectivo minibus ready to head to Cusco - yeah, no waiting time :-)

    Now, looking forward to some coffee and dinner at Rucula/Organika Restaurant in Cusco :-)
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  • Day14

    The Sacred Valley of the Inkas

    November 23, 2017 in Peru

    From Cusco it takes 2h to get to the Inka towns Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley on the way to Machu Picchu. As the Inkas believed in three worlds, the upper world (represented by the bird), the world on earth (reptesented by the Puma) and the underground world (represented by the snake), the symbol of these animals are even found in the former shape of the city. Therefore, as their capital city, Cusco should have had the shape of a Puma. Pisaq and its terraces, in contrast, is supposed to have the shape of a bird.

    For agricultural reasons, the Inkas tracked the sun coming through the hills and even shaped the buildings and hills around them accordingly. They observed the stars and knew about floods and earthquakes. They prepared their cities for that by creating walls in a loose way and having canals leading the water down the hills. Pretty impressive also (especially in the last picture), that you can indeed find faces and ornaments in the hills around that are supposed to protect the city from the evil.
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  • Day38


    December 30, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Eastern end of the Sacred Valley. Large military installation to protect Inca territory. Agricultural terraces. Now so archaeological site. It's one thing to hear about Incan civilization and all the we're able to invent. It's another entirely to be in the midst of it and see it first hand. Quite mind blowing.Read more

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