People and Places in Peru: An Edifying Expedition

In the 1970’s I read about Aliens being the actual architects and builders of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and other structures in Peru attributed to the Incas. Size and weight of the giant stones in the walls, fitting together perfectly

without mortar,        

the calculated trapezoidal shape of windows and doors aligning perfectly among multiple buildings,  allowing the huge stone structures to survive earthquakes,

the open plazas suggesting alien landing strips,


 the incredible terracing of the sides of mountains,  and the monumental magnitude and scale of the cities, temples, mountaintop storage, and symbolic designs on the ground visible only from the sky were evidence used to “prove” that ordinary humans without modern tools and machines could not have built the structures. They must have been built with the help of extraterrestrials.

The arguments were very intriguing to me and are fun to imagine, but now I have read how the Incas, and Native American civilizations preceding them, built the structures over hundreds of years with skill and industriousness.

These ancient structures are simply amazing, and just as impressive are the provisions modern Peruvians are taking to preserve them and make them available for study and wonder.

Also impressive is the extent to which Peru seeks to help its Indian people, people who were marginalized and almost eradicated by the Spanish settlers, to better themselves.

They are provided education    and opportunities to homestead plots of land,   

get jobs, and build shelters so they can eventually own their own homes and properties.   

Tourists are encouraged not to hand out money, but to buy their wares in order to let them prosper from their own industriousness.   From the looks of their handiwork, many of these people are as skilled and hard-working as their forefathers. If the Incas rise again, I wish them peace, prosperity, and a cooperative spirit. The world doesn’t need more nationalistic empire builders, but it does need more educated, healthy, happy people. The friendly people with their incredible history made my visit extraordinary.


About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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4 Responses to People and Places in Peru: An Edifying Expedition

  1. Vicki Gaughan says:

    I like the way you wrote this article, Joyce. Great photos, too – and I learned a lot!


  2. Entertaining and teaching–what I live for (ha.) Thanks for the comment!


  3. Pingback: Cozy, Cozy Mysteries, Writing Cozies, AND Waiting | Our Retirement Journeys Read Like Cozy Mysteries

  4. Marty Clark says:

    Hi Joyce, thanks for letting me electronically, belatedly, tag along to S. America. Great mental vacation provided by your pics and fine commentary.


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