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12037Fw: [Ancient-Mysteries] andes

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  • mike white
    Oct 15, 2012
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      hi folks
       
         im currently at machu picchu, after seeing cuzco, ica, and lima.   i was lucky enough to have a long chat with the son of dr cabrera.  a real gentleman, and trying to do the right thing for the ica stones collection.   unfortunately, his warehouses and museum, are housed in a colonial building over 400 years old, and very subject to fall during an earthquake.  many ica stones were destroyed during the quake of 2007.   they are hard, but brittle, and smash easily.  perhaps the greatest find, made by this generation, will be lost. 
          the andes are not for the weak or disabled.   the thin air makes everything harder.  much huffing up hills and stairs.  time i climbed to the room, i was too tired to go back out.  luckily, i scheduled my entrance to the ruins above for tomorrow.  i wont be able to walk to every corner of the ruins.  i hope to see the oldest structures, based on patina, and samples of the rest.   the site is just before the jungle starts.  im not ready to say it was built for defence, until ive looked over the approaches.  it was in a good spot for trade with the amazon.   some nasty bugs here.  the assassin bug could be among them, so i limit opening my screen-less windows during the night with the light on. 
          too much info coming in at once on this trip.  after my return i can try to give the highlights, maybe some pics.  its a way different world here.  many hold to the old traditions.  they still have a witches market.  you see lots of women in hooped skirts, and bowler hats. 
         its not as cold at aqua calientes as an cuzco, being lower.  be sure that you rent a heated room at the higher elevations.  it gets down to near freezing year round when the sun goes down.  i see lots of sunburnt gringo faces in the crowd.  i was happy to be wearing a wide brim hat.  take a jacket if the tour may run late. 
         north of ica sand can be seen carried high up the coastal slopes, as if by a former tsunami of large proportions.  there is a surprising amount of trees and greenery between lima and ica.  even untended bushes, etc, were doing fine.  water probably runs down in a sheet, upon the hardpan under the sand.  its a smart way of irrigating in near desert conditions.  less evaporation thru a few feet of sand cover. 
         its difficult to find ones way around in peru.  road names are painted on building corners.  the name may have been changed.  i needed alot of help, sometimes hard to find. 
         i will be reducing the trip to 3 weeks, and must leave the north coastal sites for another time.   so far i made it ok, but it was difficult.  there are still plans to visit puno, copacabana, tiwanaku, puma punko, and la paz.  there will be a boat tour on the upper and lower shore of titicaca.  my time for la paz is slim, unless tours of tiwanaku are not offered at copacabana.  there are objects in the museums of la  paz that i would truly like to see, the cabeza, and fuente magma.  last i heard, the bowl was in the basement of the museum.  what could they be thinking, its their most important relic!   it has cuneiform assyrian writng, and a vignette of baby heracles, both pointing to tyre. 
        
      mike
       
       

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