Ann Tickwittee in Peru
Ann: Hi! My name is Ann Tickwittee. Let’s check out this location.
The Inca Empire lasted only a little more than a century. But during that time, the Inca built roads, irrigated the desert, and created incredible architecture. Even today, a razor blade cannot be inserted between some of the stones at Machu Picchu. All this was done without knowledge of the wheel, iron, or the written word. They didn’t even have a digit gadget!
The word “Inca” means “children of the sun”. And the Inca worship the sun god Inti. Their festivals included animal sacrifices and prayers for a good harvest. Archaeological remains suggest that women played an important role in Inca religion. Perhaps as high priestesses.
The mountain city of Machu Picchu, is now named for a nearby mountain peak. But the original name is unknown. Machu Picchu, which may have served as a religious sanctuary, was a potent symbol of the Inca’s power until it was abandoned in the 16th century in the face of Spanish invaders. The city was lost in the thick jungle wilderness until its rediscovery in 1911.
Once a stronghold of the proud Inca Empire, today Peru is a modern South American nation evolving from totalitarianism into democracy. Built along the Andes, it holds some of South America’s highest peaks. While you’re here, keep your eyes peeled for potatoes, which can grow at altitudes up to 14,000 feet.