Peru - Part III 

Cusco and Machupicchu

Day 8: Cusco environs.  We began the day visiting various archaeological sites above Cusco, all well signed and maintained.
Day 8: Cusco environs. We began the day visiting various archaeological sites above Cusco, all well signed and maintained.
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Tambomachay temple.  Inca society was divided into priests, nobility and everyone else.  This temple was built in the time of the ninth Inca, Pachacuti, reformer, expander of empire, builder, acquirer of other's building methods
Tambomachay temple. Inca society was divided into priests, nobility and everyone else. This temple was built in the time of the ninth Inca, Pachacuti, reformer, expander of empire, builder, acquirer of other's building methods
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very well maintained
very well maintained
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archaeological sites contain many professional models.  Photo: S/. 1. [about $.30]
archaeological sites contain many professional models. Photo: S/. 1. [about $.30]
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Pukapukara - 'red fort' was probably a storage facility
Pukapukara - 'red fort' was probably a storage facility
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Pukapukara - entry detail.  This style of double entry indicates that this structure was a temple.
Pukapukara - entry detail. This style of double entry indicates that this structure was a temple.
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Q'enqo - another holy site.  This limestone outcrop was important for religious rites.
Q'enqo - another holy site. This limestone outcrop was important for religious rites.
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A series of winding paths through the rock.
A series of winding paths through the rock.
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The 9th inca was mummified on this rock slab.
The 9th inca was mummified on this rock slab.
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