Sacred Valley, Cusco

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  • A Peruvian woman walks by Inca terraces
    A Peruvian woman walks by Inca terraces
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  • Laboring in the fields above the Sacred Valley
    Laboring in the fields above the Sacred...
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    Most Farm Work is Powered by Human Mascle

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 30, 2005

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    Laboring in the fields above the Sacred Valley

    Favorite thing: When you tour the highlands above Peru's Sacred Valley by horseback, you really get an appreciation for how hard people work. Many of the traditional farming ways passed down by the Incas are still practiced. Unfortunately, the only domesticated work animal the Incas had available was the llama, and it wasn't strong enough to plow fields. So most of the soil tilling and other labor is done by men with tools. Of course, this is not very efficient by 21st century standards an explains a great deal why so many Peruvians live in poverty. THe flip side is that using machines to reduce the manpower required to produce food would only result in more people living in urban shanty towns. Such is the quandry that is today's Peru.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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    Inca Terraces Still Dot Peru's Sacred Valley

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 31, 2005

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    A Peruvian woman walks by Inca terraces

    Favorite thing: All around the Sacred Valley of Peru, you can still see terraces built during Inca times. Since these terraces continued to be useful after the fall of the Inca Empire in that they allowed cultivation of the steep Andean hillsides and prevented erosion, they have been maintained by the locals for centuries.

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    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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    Puerta del Sol

    by camilo74 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Gate of the Sun, there is one in every important place in Cusco, this is the "Puerta del Sol " in Sacsayhuaman

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    • Architecture
    • Archeology

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    Oyantaitambo

    by camilo74 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The magnificient Fortress of Oyantaitambo, i visited this place before Machu Picchu , and it fascinated me , In this photo you can't really appreciate its size

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    visit the Sacred Valley - Valle Sagrado

    by hanspeter_W. Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: do not forget to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley..with lot of historical sights and beautiful landscapes..
    most impressive is Ollantaytambo

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