Sorry I missed writing for you last week, but the Wi-Fi is weak at Machu Picchu. When visiting this iconic UNESCO site, one must be prepared to physically make the trek up uneven steps and do it at an altitude of 7,972 feet above sea level. You’ve seen the pictures, and know that this place is still mysterious as the questions that are unanswered are more than those that seem understandable.
We explored more ancient sites and scratched our heads at the building and engineering skills that this culture possessed. Watching the stars and seasons, the Incas and other ancients were leaving their mark on the planet that the future would explain as “unearthly”.
Another highlight was the time we spent in Puno, Peru. Look for Lake Titicaca on your map, the eastern shoreline borders Bolivia. This is the place where people have been harvesting reeds from the waters and creating floating islands that they have called home for centuries. The same reeds they call real estate are the same reeds they use to build their huts and boats. They are the same reeds they eat. The first people that moved onto the lake were making a statement about the taxes. Around 100 islands later which includes hotels, bars, stores and schools, the same government is doing well with the income that tourists pay to visit. I’d call that a “win-win”.
Another highlight in Peru that is certainly part of the weird, unexplainable must sees in the country is the mysterious Nazca Lines. We boarded a 12-passenger aircraft at a beautiful, new, huge airport in Pisco. There were only 10 or so more passengers in this massive terminal to enjoy the gift shops, baggage claim and VIP lounge. Since there aren’t any commercial flights into Pisco, the Peruvian president may have been a little (or a lot) corrupt in his building plans. Regardless, the airport personnel take their jobs seriously and use the walkie-talkies to page other employees… that are already within hearing distance. We passed through a tight security check with no issues. Which is more than the former president can say, as he’s serving time in prison for corruption…
Back to the Nazca Lines. These designs have been dug into the surface of earth, a meter deep (3.28 feet), and the combination of the sand and humidity created what looks like white lines. The complicated pictures of a monkey, spider, hummingbird, and pelican to list a few of the 300 figures that cover 190 square miles are very stylized and easy to recognize. Easy, if you are in an airplane flying at least 1,500 feet overhead since they are so large. And since the designs have been studied and estimated to be 1000 years old, the question we all have to ask is how? And maybe more importantly is, why?
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