Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photos of Ollantaytambo, Peru

Inca terraces and ruins overlooking the town of Ollantaytambo.

Urubamba river valley near Ollantaytambo.

Local bridge built in Inca foundation.  Modern pilings are unused.

Edge of old town Ollantaytambo.

Beautiful Inca stone doorway.

Woman washing her clothes in the water channel.

This woman was watching the parade.

This donkey knew his way home and did not need any help getting there.

The ruins at Ollantaytambo.

Gateway to temple area of ruins.

What is left of the temple of the sun at Ollantaytambo.

Finely fitted pieces in the temple of the sun.

More whimsical Inca stonework.

Temple located higher above the main ruins.  Unusually, this faced the setting sun.

Stairs and terraces.

The side of the mountiain itself was sculpted.  The horizontal line on the face of the rock was a lipped channel that carried water far across the face of the rock to a fine fountain.

Beautifully intricate fountain.

Oxen decorated for blessing.

Priest blessing farmer and his oxen.

Procession leaving the Catholic church.

Costumed statue bearers.

More costumed statue bearers.

The start of the parade, which almost turned into the running of the bulls.

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