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Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru
The famous ruins above the city of Cusco, Peru
February 18, 2009

Arrival | Clinic1 | Palmeiras School | Canopy Walk | Clinic2 | Old Clinic | Amazon Exfiltration
San Pedro Market | Machupicchu1 | Machupicchu 2 | Machupicchu 3 | Bustamante Estate | Sacsayhuaman |

Click to see a modest 1200-pixel-wide image of this

A Sacsayhuaman Panorama photo (above) taken and processed by Martin St-Amant
Want to see his unbelievable 20,000-pixel wide finished version? Panorama (16MB JPEG)
Martin is allowing me to display his work when I give him photo credit...

My photos from my visit are below

These stones are HUGE! Moved into exquisitely precise arrangement. This is a recently excavated wall opposite the huge snake-like wall of massive stones.
"Tom, can you lift that corner a tad? It looks a little off center-plumb. Thanks..." Humor aside, it shows the scale of these stones. The builders obviously knew what they were doing, and how to keep them from falling.
Check out the tight fitting of the puzzle-piece of stones. Peru is mountainous, and does have earthquakes. It hasn't affected these walls.. This is Odon's buddy, who sold me a meteorite. The one he sold me was nickel, which has no magnetism. This one was magnetized and repelled his compass away from North.
  Here's my friend, Edie, purposely in my photo, just to show the scale of the stones.
  This stone is the largest one on the site, and is estimated to weigh 200 tons.

To move the corner stone (above), estimated at the low end to weigh 200 tons, you would need a Grove Crane of this model type (a Grove GMK5225) to lift it:

Click for a larger view of this Grove GMK5225

It can lift 225 tons, which would safely move that stone to that position. I'd love to see how they did that hundreds of years ago. I think the Gods had some technology...

Looks big, no? How big?
This big!
A fossilized seashell, showing that these rocks were once next to or under the Ocean. Now they are at almost 12,000 feet at this ceremonial site.
A pretty tight seam. CONTRACTOR: "Yeah, move that in close. Closer, yes...great! Good enough for the Gods, hopefully." This wall is about 20 feet tall. Think they did an adequate job of stone fitting? Wow...
Some call this place a Fortress, but the Incan Empire spanned thousands of miles north and south and they had no enemies about the time it was built. Why build a "Fortress" in the exact center of your Empire? This was a place of worship. It doesn't even make sense as a Fortress, because it is wide open on two ends with no natural defense features.
Copyright © 2009 Tony Rogers