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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas

Chapter 27

Layout of Machu Picchu

 

 

The city of Machu Picchu is surrounded by the terraces which supplied

its people with food.  Some of them look ok to walk on without breaking

a sweat.  Others look absolutely terrifying, and you have to wonder how

they built them, and how many people were lost over the edge while farming.

 

 Guardhouse or Caretaker's Hut  at top right  is one of the few

buildings which has been restored with a thatched roof.

 

 

This is roughly the same area shown in one of Hiram Bingham's

 first 1911 photographs.

 

 

Roof inside one of the re-thatched buildings.  Form follows function.

Looks like it could be a modern barn, except it is a grass thatch, held

in place with rope (Inca tied with animal skin strips.)

 

 

Looking down in another direction, towards Aguas Calientes and Urubamba River.

Above the terraces is part of the quarry area which supplied some of the building stone. 

  

 

More terraces below the urban (living) area.

 

 

 

I took this photo from the moving train going to Aguas Calientes.  The shadows on

the walls are stones set into the walls to permit ascending from one row to the next.

 

 

Here, Helen Blazis is trying her luck at some "stairs" at Machu Picchu.

 

 

The backside of Machu Picchu, showing some of the more dramatic steep

terraces.  See arrow.  How did they ever build on a sheer cliff?

Watch your step!

 

 

Grass control courtesy of natural lawn mowers.

 

 

 

More Soon!

 

Next:  Water at Machu Picchu

 

Larry Reich

 

You may reach me with comments:

Laurence Reich

auburndocreich@aol.com 

 

 

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