DAILY PHOTO: Plaza De Armas of Cusco

Taken in July of 2010 in Cusco.

Taken in July of 2010 in Cusco (aka Cuzco)

I’m breaking out some blasts from the pasts. This was taken during a 2010 trip to the Peruvian Andes. I probably never posted this before (on my previous photoblog) because I had some crud in my camera as you can see above the most prominent cloud. I don’t know whether my standards are lowering or my aesthetic sensibilities are ripening, but I kind of like this one.

DAILY PHOTO: Qorikancha, Cuzco, Peru

Convento De Santo Domingo / Qorikancha; Taken 2010

Convento De Santo Domingo / Qorikancha; Taken 2010

A Roman Catholic Convent, Convento De Santo Domingo, was built over an important Incan site, Qorikancha (alt. sp. Coricancha.)

DAILY PHOTO: Sacsayhuamán in the Peruvian Andes

This Incan site overlooks Cusco, Peru.

This Incan site overlooks Cusco, Peru.

Sacsayhuamán may well be the first Incan site you see, if you fly into Cusco. It sits on a hill overlooking Cusco. If you’re in the mood to stretch your legs and aren’t too queasy from the elevation (Cusco, 11,200ft), it’s  not too difficult a walk from the city center.  You can use the Cristo Blanco (huge white Jesus), which shares the same hill, as a navigational reference.

The Incans were the master masons. These stone walls were made without mortar. Yes, those irregularly shaped blocks sit perfectly on each other and have for hundreds of years.  The one thing that Sacsayhuamán has that other sites don’t is a naturally occurring fun park of slides. One can also traverse a pitch black cave, and get spectacular overview shots of the city.

Naturally occurring slides

Naturally occurring slides