Peru interesting places to visit
Peru interesting places to visit for a relaxing vacation in this fabulous country. Peru mythical and earthly. Cuzco – the ancient capital of the Inca crown jewel of colonial Spain. Andes – an endless chain of mountain peaks and valleys sheltered Indian villages, temples and ruins. In the first half of the XX century a talented photographer named Martin Tchamba roam their country and seals on thousands of black and white photos scrap of history and by the people’s lives and. Today we will go in his footsteps. And we will be amazed.
That their life goes on, but time is frozen and everything is because, as he saw it through his lens. From 1920 to 1950 Martin Tchamba son of ordinary Peruvian peasant does not stop touring the country with his camera on his shoulder. He traveled on foot or donkey. 30 years of photographic film he sealed most beautiful and most important natural, cultural and architectural landmarks of Peru.
He attended high in the mountains obscure Indian villages, shooting their inhabitants, rituals and celebrations their daunting their combat derelict land. One of the things that matter of great excitement is the feeling that here in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca besieged by the Spaniards in the XVI century, time really seems to have stopped. Everything looks unchanged for centuries.
The city, located 3400 meters above sea level, still retains traces of its former occupants. Narrow streets paved with smooth stones ever since a steep descend down buildings in the Andalusian style with thick masonry foundations, whitewashed facades and balconies with wrought iron grilles painted in blue, are becoming so dignified and carefully stacked flat tiles on temples Inca never budged.
Not to mention the Indians Quechua, descendents of the Incas who today as tens, and perhaps hundreds of years, ever since arriving on foot from remote mountain villages to sell on the market “San Pedro” potatoes that are raised. Women – with bronze tan persons and black braids, wearing pleated skirts and bowler hats on his head, has since carried on backs their babies placed in bright homespun tammy.
Men are so proud of their incredible handmade hats that hang beneath huge tassels in gaudy colors. Opposite the square is the station where starting to Machu Picchu. The train is the only vehicle to this unique architectural monument – one of the most remarkable in the world. Stroll through the trip up the mountain is long – for 4 hours until the last stop near the village of Aguas Calientes, whose name translated means warm waters.
But the goal has not yet been reached. After more 30 minutes crawling up the bus to show up the ruins to which the breath right stops. This ancient settlement of the Incas, surrounded by vertiginous sheer tops, is a true wonder of wonders! One has to get here early to truly enjoy the magic of this place. The deep firmament and creeping from the precipice mornings fogs create a mystical mood reinforced by the murmur of the Urubamba River, which gurgled somewhere at the foot of a double bass. The panorama is spectacular, the decor – amazing eternal. How long have they dating these terraces carved into the flesh of the mountain? And those temples of monolithic stone blocks? No one knows. Just know that Tchamba them sealed as they are today, back in 1925. Machu Picchu remains a mystery to contemporary civilization.
A few kilometers down on the way back through the Sacred Valley, gaze stops on the fortress Olyantaytambo – another impressive, but incomplete installation of the Incas. It rises above the village with houses made of mud and straw, also frozen in time. There live Quechua Indians of the tribe. They say keep intact traditions of their ancestors – the Incas.
These people believe in reincarnation and some even kept in rooms where sleep skulls of his closest dead. Quechua Indians treated with herbs and homemade potions and infusions. From nezapomeni times chewed coca leaves to suppress their hunger and fight fatigue. From dawn to sunset bend back over the cornfields, picking rocky soil to plant potatoes, take care of herds of llamas, which are grown on 4500 meters altitude. Their lives are heavy, filled with constant work, but with the holidays – pagan and Catholic.