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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas
Layout of Machu Picchu
One of my readers was asking why I was slowing down on chapters lately.
I have so many things I want to say and show that it's hard to figure out
what should come first. Everywhere you look, there are exciting things
to see. Once we got onto the path, our guide Willow took out a map and
reviewed the landscape with us. It would probably take several trips to
Machu Picchu means "the Old Mountain."
The city is divided into three districts: A-agricultural, B-religious, and C-urban.
The religious or sacred area occupies the highest crest of the hill,
at the Intihuatana (pictures to come.)
One of the many terraced areas at Machu Picchu is labeled "A" on
the map. Terracing makes the land fit for agriculture, and can better
feed a population which lives on the side of a mountain.
The buildings at left bottom are reconstructions with thatched grass roofs.
Barely visible at the top is the (Inca) caretaker's hut. We will be up there soon.
Where the person with the white shirt is, I tried to get off the path onto the grass,
and immediately someone whistled to me to get back onto the path.
At the crest of the hill is the area of the Intihuana, one of the
most important religious sites at Machu Picchu. More photos later.
The urban area houses the most people (estimated a maximum
of only 200.)
Now we are going to start looking at different areas in more detail starting in
the next chapter coming soon!
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