The Sacred Capital Of The Inka

Whether it is a resurgence of indigenous identity or as in recent times, just political posturing by populist governments, a number of places from Peking to Pondicherry and Bombay to Burma, have undergone name changes in the past decade. Could I locate a renamed city among the photos in my archives for the story challenge: letter Q? It…

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The ‘Old Peak’ Of The Inca

“Remember to bury these under the Sun Gate.” Frank, our guide, handed over a bunch of coca leaves…. “For luck.” I carefully tucked the leaves into my pocket before boarding our train to Aguas Calientes. Frank was going to await our return to the Sacred Valley, the next evening. We lucked out with front row…

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The Andean Village Of Cinchero

Few conquests have been as devastatingly final as the annihilation of the legendary kingdom of the Incas. In under 40 years after their first encounter with Francisco Pizzaro in 1532, the Incas were history. Their gold looted, their religion wiped out and their architecture demolished. With the exception of Machu Picchu and a few other uninhabited…

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Picture The World – Peru

There are many images in my albums, that transport me back to Peru and the wonderful days we spent there last fall. Of the colourful, pensive Quechua women, their lovely rosy cheeked little children, the Ceviches, the stuffed potatoes (!) and the Pisco sours, the amazing Incan architecture of the sacred valley, the streets of…

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Travel Theme – Street Market

Pisac is more famous for its terraces. But the little town in the Sacred Valley is equally fascinating and also well known for its markets. The permanent stalls on the surrounding streets mostly sell cheap souvenir tat. But the main square comes alive every Sunday and Tuesday with stalls full of local produce to be…

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Sunday Post: Work

Here are images of some people at work that we saw on our travels. 1. Quechua weavers – Cinchero, Peru These colourfully attired Quechua women demonstrate weaving techniques in Cinchero, in the sacred valley, Peru. Their smiles belie an underlying sadness that was palpable. Almost all of the tourist dollars are channeled back to Lima…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

We lucked out and got alloted seats A1 & A2 on the Vistadome train to Machu Pichu! That meant loads of leg room, and best of all, phenomenal, unrestricted views through the plate glass window up front! This image of the train tracks, running parallel to the Urubamba river, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (or…

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