¡Hola, El Perú!: Huaca Pucllana

I am so glad we walked over and visited the Huaca Pucllana before traveling to Cusco. It was right there the far side of Miraflores near San Isidro. We don’t pay attention to detail, and our teaching of history, egocentric and sloppy. By rights we should be examining the Inca or Quechua language group culture and outcomes.

From higher up, if you look above the midline of the photo (above) you can see the the treetops, there is actually a section of modern street dividing the site. The legend has it, from the English-speaking tour guide included in the admission (you do not walk it yourself), that the owner wanted to bulldoze the site in order to get a move on with progres$. The government clamped down on his act, so we are lucky enough to see a piece of history of the Americas. This site is so amazing in the brickwork that was devised, which here is exposed (below, left). If you notice how the bricks are spread apart and run in rows, you are looking at an ancient solution to an area plagued by earthquakes.

On the West side yellow tee-shirted workers were in action throwing up adobe blocks to one another (circled in red, right).

It is hard to sit within a city area, with large buildings looming around, that this was a sacred site. I am not a bumpkin, I know the proximity of suburb to the Pyramids in Cairo. This is even more jarring, that among these flat areas people met in plazas (directly below) and that burials of the more important were performed (further below).

There are several recreations in the site of the pre-Incan Lima culture who originally build the pyramid. They are tough looking, short men of indigenous origin, not unlike those in the North America west. This recreation shows them with the shark pot, the shark symbolic to them.

There is also a small museum on site incuding the wonderful slip pottery that ancient Peru is famous for (above) and some weaving artifact. There are also those figures where the faces take on dimensions of caricature (directly above).

No one marks the large Spanish pot, not unlike the one I have seen in St. Augustine (above left). There is a small area (center and right) with llamas and alpacas, and the poor little guinea pigs, which I eventually ate in Cusco, and would care not to again.

You can eat at a renowned restaurant (above) in a city of renowned restaurants and have a meal in the evening among the beauty of this place (we opted out of this hundred dollar event, and came ourselves daytime).

There is something not to say about letting kids in these sights for free. I think one of the dumbest things I saw in Peru was the clueless mother, who let her child get away from her and who climbed up the side of the Huaca Pucllana, jumping up and down upon the brick terraces, while she stood there. Another of her children realized this was a no-no and went to bring the jumping bundle of jerk down. They should have all been thrown out of the park. No one should blame the child when they behave that badly. The idiot mother should have known better.

The signs give you some information (above). Here is a copy of the brochure (below), if you are in Lima GO!

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