The valley at the base of the mountain is lush and green with lots of varied crops. The community is surrounded by the ancient ruins high in the mountains.
|The grain storage in the cliffs and the face that guards it.|
The rock formation that looks like an angry face is a natural feature, not something carved hundreds of years ago. A few years ago geologists studied it in great detail.
The community thrives as a railroad depot and a tourist destination. The homes are built on the remains of the Inca foundations.
While archaeologists have explained how it was done without the wheel and with tools made from copper, after seeing this I have more doubts.
|Climbing the rock staircase to the mountain temple.|
My tour guide for this trip. He is a native son and knows the history and legends intimately. One of the things he was demonstrating was how the Inca moved these huge blocks. According to research vines were wrapped around protrusions on the rocks and the rock is dragged into place. From there the protrusions are chipped off and smoothed with sand.
|The temple of the Sun.|
At the top of the mountain, about 9000 ft up the Andes the Temple of the Sun stands, impressive granite stone walls guarding the valley,
According to historians it was never finished because of the Spanish invasion.
|Looking down the mountain|
My tour guide was extremely helpful in helping me climb up and down these huge rock stairways. Sometime using a cane is a good thing, other times it just makes it more difficult.