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

Chapter 21

 

 

(It has been a cool and rainy day today.  All the better to catch up with chapters of my

Peru story which has been slowed down by the hot weather and spending my "free

time" painting my house.  On a day like this, I can relax and get back to the Peru story.)

 

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In at sunset, out at sunrise.  Before I'd learned how to pronounce

Pakaritampu, we'd already left.   

 

 

The sun was already off the mountains of Ollantaytambo by the time the

first crew reached the hotel, but it is clearly worth a look around.  This hotel

is just a short distance from the Mountain, the Man, and the Old Town.  

 

 The grounds were rich with flowers, which I had to

photograph in the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 For the Inca, Quechua was a spoken language and had no written

version.  What they did have was the "quipu," which is believed to

have been accounting and record-keeping based on complex knots

on string.  Once the Spaniards invaded, the quipu-writers were wiped

out, and there was nobody left who could translate them.  More later....

 

 

 

 

More soon!

 

Next:  on the train to Machu Picchu!

 

 

Larry Reich

 

You may reach me with comments:

Laurence Reich

auburndocreich@aol.com 

 

 

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