Ollantaytambo: House of the Dawn; an Underestimated Inca Monument
By Brien Foerster
Moray, Sacred Valley - Photo by Luna M.Flores
This is part 4 of researcher and writer Brien Foerster's regular column here at Grahamhancock.com. Brienís study and insight into the Incaís ancient origins shed a new light on that famous South American culture. The implications are both startling and far reaching suggesting a connection to a pan Pacific civilization reaching back to mankindís most distant past. Join Brien on the GrahamHancock.com Mysteries Message Board where he will be conducting a continuing discussion surrounding his research and regular contributions to these pages. Please check in for the next installment from Brien.
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The vast majority of visitor trips to Peru go something
like this; land in Lima, the capital, tour around the city for a day,
and then fly to Cusco. Once there, while adjusting to the 12,000 foot
plus altitude, a walk through the historic city center is a must, and
then, the next day, take in Sachsayhuaman, the “fortress”
of the Inca perched on a hill overlooking the city.
But the main attraction still awaits; a fabled “lost
city” abandoned by the Inca in the 16th
century, its location outwitting the Spanish Conquistadors lusting
after any gold they could snatch, and then found by a lanky American
scholar, Hiram Bingham III, in 1911.
Do I even need to name the place? Okay, Machu Picchu,
Quechua words that mean “old bird” or “old peak”
and a name that Mr. Bingham used casually at first, because he had
been told by Natives of the area that Inca remains could be found in
the vicinity of Machu Picchu, the name of the mountain upon which
much of the site rests. The name stuck, and has been used ever since
by the 2000 plus tourists that visit it every day, 365 days of the
So, after perhaps a visit to other Inca centers such as
Pisaq, mainly to cruise through its famous “Indian market”,
back on the tour bus or into the taxi one goes, destination Machu
Picchu, or more correctly, the train station that links Machu Picchu
to the outside world.
This place is called Ollantaytambo, and there happen to
be major Inca stone works there, so why not have a visit, for say an
hour or two, before catching the train?
Unfortunately, this is the most common scenario that I
witness; and not that I blame the visitor, because the tourism
business model of Cusco is to hype Machu Picchu to the maximum, while
all of the other great Inca works sit in the shadows. Oh, by the way,
are you aware of the fact that the real name of the “lost city”
is Yllampu, meaning “resting place of the gods?”