Spanish town of Pisac was built on an Inca settlement in the shadow
of the great stone terraces of the Inca ruins. The ruins are on
a ridge overlooking the fertile Urubamba Valley. The Incas built
the terraces to the top of the mountain for cultivation and erosion
control. Many tombs have been found here and there is a rare Intihuatana
- a sacred carving or "hitching post of the sun".
The Spaniards broke off the tops of many of the carvings when they
conquered the Incas in 1572. They forced the Inca people to move
down from the mountain in order to control them and wipe out their
was a pretty strenuous hike up stone steps to the top of the ruins,
but well worth the climb, with stunning views of the valley and
The Pisac ruins are one of the best examples of Inca stonemasonry.
Lunch was at Casa Orihuela - a private hacienda which has a large
collection of colonial and Inca artifacts, including ceramics, paintings,
weapons, photography and ceremonial vessels. Lunch
featured home-cooked fare made with fresh produce from the plantation.
Barb purchased a baby alpaca sweater that was hand knit by the grandmother
of the owner of the hacienda.
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