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After visiting the mall, we proceeded to visit Saqsaywaman, another park where there were ancient Inca ruins to be found, located in the hills above the city of Cuzco. The amazing construction of these "buildings" was accomplished by fitting stones by grinding so that they did not require any filler material in between.
It is difficult to appreciate the amount of work the construction must have required just looking at pictures. You need to see them in person to really understand the effort it must have taken to move the larger pieces of stone to their places - and the grinding it took. And, we're not talking of small projects here. See the picture of the site entire
|A statue of Jesus Christ was built in more modern times and is not directly connected with the Saqsaywaman park. However, when looking up from Cuzco, it dominates the hillside and the view of the park. (Too bad I didn't think of getting a photo looking up from Cuzco.)|
Next on our agenda was to attend an Inca religious ceremony by a Shaman healer. The ceremony was to heal and restore balance in our souls (whatever that means as I am not a religious person). Anyway, it was an interesting experience.
That was the end of our introduction to Inca religion.
After our lesson on Inca religion, we went to lunch and then had the rest of the afternoon free. On the next day we had some more interesting sights to see.
On the way from the religious ceremony to lunch we stopped for a few minutes at a local outlet to see some of the handywork performed by the Incas
I didn't take any photos and only a few snapshots during our free play. Let's get on to the next day.