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Peru 2

An American educated Peruvian named Rafael Larco Hoyle opened a museum of Pre-Columbian pottery in 1925 after his father gifted him 600 ancient pieces of pottery and his uncle suggested a museum should be set up. For the rest of his life Larco added to his collection which is now the Museo Larco tesoros del antiguo Peru. [tesoros- “treasure”] There is evidence of 43 Pre-Incan cultures who were sophisticated metalworkers and weavers and farmed and hunted arid and semi-arid landscapes successfully.

Earrings

Earrings

Weaving

Weaving

Royal Decorations

Royal Decorations

Amazingly Lifelike

Amazingly Lifelike

A Small Part of the 'tesoros'

A Small Part of the ‘tesoros’

Possibly Cerro de Salantay west of Cusco

Possibly Cerro de Salantay west of Cusco

Flight from Cusco to Lima

Flight from Cusco to Lima

 

 

 

The Andes Mountains beyond Patagonia are little considered as significant mountains by most North Americans and yet Peru features 9 peaks over 20,000 feet.

Salantay, which is west of Cusco standing 6271 m (20,574 ft.), waters much of the area of the Sacred Valley of the Incas by its melting glaciers. Without these glaciers a large part of Peru would be barren. Flying into Cusco, the one time capital of the Incas (kings of the Quechua), is impressive. The airplane has to snake its way in between high mountain peaks all around and drop fast to land at 11,000 feet. The air is crisp and dry. A certain smell persisted the first half an hour until I was used to it. I finally figured out it must be the smell of ozone that forms at higher elevations. You quickly learn that the sunny side of the street is just barely uncomfortably warm while the shady side of the street requires a sweater if you are not active. Sunscreen or a covering hat is advisable.

A Higher Plain (~11,000 ft)

A Higher Plain (~11,000 ft)

Welcome to Cusco, Royal City of the Incas

Welcome to Cusco, Royal City of the Incas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch next time for forays into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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