Today we had class in the morning and then we went to look at the first of the Inca ruins that we will see: Sacsayhuaman. It was amazing. First of all, the ruins overlooked the city of Cusco. It is a very impressive sight and something of itself, but then you see the stones. They must be twenty feet high and one is left in awe as to how a society without either the wheel or writing could create something like this. Not only are the rocks giant, but the placement is remarkably precise. One could not even fit a piece of paper in between the rocks. Even the modern stone creations done by Peruvians don’t hold a candle to the Incan architecture.
Climbing up the stairs to the top of the ruins was hard. You can really feel the altitude and how it affects you. We went to other ruins as well and were treated to magnificent views of the natural surroundings. Many animals were there: alpacas, llamas, donkeys, and of course the dogs. You can’t help but to fall in love with all of the dogs that walk around freely in Peru. They are wily, but they seem to be no different than the domesticated dogs I am used to.
Today we got to see a whole different side of Cusco and Peru itself. We were able to envision what life was like for the Incas before colonization. This opportunity was amazing and had a great impact on me. Knowing all I can about the past is the closest I can come to knowing what the future will bring.
May 27th, 2011