The Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooks the city of
at an altitude of over of eleven thousand feet (3,400 m) above sea level. Peru
The area consists of massive stone walls; each stone fitted together with absolute perfection.
When the Spanish conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro, arrived in
in 1534, they were met with little resistance.
The precision of the construction combined with inward leaning walls is thought to have helped the ruins survive devastating earthquakes.
Unfortunately, only foundations of the fort remain today. The three towers and most of the walls were demolished block by block by the Spanish for building materials for their
Today only the stones that were too large to be easily moved remain at
the site. new city
DH and I visited this ancient stronghold with a group on a tour through southern
While we were there a gentleman arrived bearing a huge Andean condor.
He set the large bird on a stone wall and was quickly surrounded
by camera clicking tourists. (Myself included.)
Everyone scattered when the condor spread its colossal wings and took to the air.
After circling the area he settled down, was gathered up and carried off.
Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone.
A man gets tied up to the groundHe gives the world its saddest sound
It’s saddest sound.