Day 170 – Cusco, PE

Day 170 – Cusco, PE      02/07/11       Mileage: 0

It was a late morning due to last nights bender but I didn’t have anything grand planned for today anyway. I spent most of the day walking around and gathering info on the numerous sites, figuring out what I wanted to see and making a plan for the next few days.

This is the famous 12 corner stone. I still can’t wrap my head around how perfect the joints between the stones are….and to think they did this with basic hand tools….amazing!

At night I had dinner and few drinks at a great little joint just off the Plaza de Armas called Chez Maggy.

They had a great local band play a few sets and they were so good I bought a CD. I shot a video but the internet was just too slow to upload.

Tomorrow it’s off to tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s…

5 Responses to Day 170 – Cusco, PE

  1. Lynn Hilliard says:

    I’m with you, Lenny, can’t comprehend it. I hear you can’t even slip a playing card between the stones…blows my mind. How lucky for you to get to see it first hand.

  2. carla friedman says:

    It is just amazing to me to see these pictures each day. Thanks for “taking me along” on your trip.

  3. Pete Shebey says:


    I apologize for this in advance.

    Incas were a highly advanced civilization, studying them is a hobby of mine. They didn’t use chisels and hammers, main stream says that these ancients used them, but experts agree that in order to build walls and monuments like the wall they used a chemical to actually dissolve and melt the stones in order to shape them to perfect specs. That also explains why there are no tool markings anywhere.

    The only reason they would build walls like that because it was easy for them to do and at the time, it had to have been the most efficient way to do it just like we use the mass production system today, which we think, why didn’t they cut all the blocks the same its easier! NOT for them!

    Sorry about the lecture everyone! I am jealous you got to touch and see that stone work. I am in Cozumel now on vacation and just visited a Mayan pyramid and it was breathtaking!

    Please please please take lots of pics tomorrow of the Inca valley!!

    Be safe! Pete

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