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Ollantaytambo

Location: Cuzco, Peru

Apparently Ollantaytambo was a religious, political and military complex. ( I think that is standard with most Inca places) It had beautiful terraces that were used for agriculture. and a load of steps.

Ollantaytambo : these terraces were used to grow vegies. It is really amazing how they are constructed. A real feat.

Ollantaytambo : terraces. The higher up the mountain you get the neater the stonework is. that is because it is closer to the gods.

this shows how big the stone blocks are. they are transported from a quarry 10ks away over a river and pasture to the hill where they are all put together perfectly with no mortar. the blocks are cut with tongue and groove or dove tail type sections to keep them together

over the back of me see more buildings on the side of the hill. these were the stores that could keep food for 15 years. they grew food on this side of the river and walked it over the river and up the hill to the stores. Glad i am born now and not then

stores buildings. they would have had steep thatched roofs to keep the snow from piling up

long way up! and there are no hand rails.....we are pretty close to the Gods now ... :)

Doug with some Inca Leggo. this is how the blocks were cut, then a clay mould was taken to make the next block fit into this one .....bloody hard work



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Ollantaytambo : these terraces were used to grow vegies. It is really amazing how they are constructed. A real feat.

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this shows how big the stone blocks are. they are transported from a quarry 10ks away over a river and pasture to the hill where they are all put together perfectly with no mortar. the blocks are cut with tongue and groove or dove tail type sections to keep them together

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Ollantaytambo : terraces. The higher up the mountain you get the neater the stonework is. that is because it is closer to the gods.

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over the back of me see more buildings on the side of the hill. these were the stores that could keep food for 15 years. they grew food on this side of the river and walked it over the river and up the hill to the stores. Glad i am born now and not then

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stores buildings. they would have had steep thatched roofs to keep the snow from piling up

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Doug with some Inca Leggo. this is how the blocks were cut, then a clay mould was taken to make the next block fit into this one .....bloody hard work

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long way up! and there are no hand rails.....we are pretty close to the Gods now ... :)

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