The Andean Culture- Part 3

There are several Andean sites tourists may visit around Cusco. One of them is called, Tambomachay or Tampumach’ay. The name can be broken down to Tampu, which translates to, “collective lodging”, and Mach’ay, which either means, “resting place” or “caves”.


This path runs alongside the Tambomachay river.


The river runs on one side of the path. On the other side of the path lies terraced rocks.

DSCN2841If you examine this photo closely, there is quite a bit of detail of the landscape.


This ruined structure was speculated to have been a military outpost.


Tambomachay is also called, “The Incan Watering Place” or “The Baths of Inca”. Besides worshiping the sun, the Incas also worshipped the water. They made good use of the water here at Tambomachay by running it through a system of aqueducts.


The four trapezoid windows over the waterfalls represent the 4 regions of Cusco at the time of the Inca Empire.


Kenko (also spelled, Qenqo), is believed to have been an Incan ritual site.


Kenko translates in Quechua to mean “labyrinth”.


Inside this cave is an altar where sacrifices were made to appease the goddess of the moon, Killa.


Puca Pucara means “red fortress”.


It is believed that this was constructed to be a check-point for the east entrance to Inca-Cusco during the reign of the Inca Empire’s 9th ruler, Pachaculec.


Unlike other Inca ruins, Puca Pucara seems to have been made for functionality more than appearance.

DSCN2867It may have served as a military check-point for travelers wishing to enter Cusco from the east.


The surrounding views were quite picturesque.


Do you know how to tell the difference between llamas and alpacas? The llama is twice the size of the alpaca and has more tail. Peru is a great place to buy alpaca yarn and fabrics. The first sheering of the baby alpaca produces the finest, softest wool. You can buy alpaca hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and blankets in marketplaces all over Peru, but you have to know what you are getting because often, synthetic fibers are mixed with the alpaca wool.

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