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Ollantaytambo: House of the Dawn; an Underestimated Inca Monument
By Brien Foerster

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A Brief History of the Incas

A Brief History of the Incas

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Moray, Sacred Valley - Photo by Luna M.Flores

This is part 4 of researcher and writer Brien Foerster's regular column here at 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 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.

More articles by Brien

A Brief History Of The Incas; From Rise, Through Reign, To Ruin by Brien Foerster, 20 August 2010
The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha by Brien Foerster, 6 December 2010
The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 2: Inca Epilogue, Chachapoyas, Rapanui, Aotearoa And Hawaii by Brien Foerster, 9 December 2010
The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 3: Cuzco: The City Which The Inca Found, Not Founded by Brien Foerster, 7 February 2011

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 year.

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?”

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