After Cuzco, we returned to Ollantaytambo, where Susannah had been living and volunteering. Ollanta is smaller than Cuzco, making nearby mountains accessible for great hiking and exploring. These are pictures of our hike along the river to the refreshing Piscina de Inca, a spring fed pool used by the Inca and still used today by locals.
As I mentioned in the last post, there are some fantastic ruins in Ollanta, the primary one being the “Fortress” (it was actually a religious site, probably in reverence for the fertile soil). Mainstream archeology credits the building of this site to Inca engineers. HOWEVER, I’d like to bring to your attention that while there is no doubt that the Incas USED the Fortress and other ruins found all over Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile, I have come to believe that the extremely large stones found at Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Fortress at Ollantaytambo, among others, were NOT built by the Inca. Yes, the Inca used these sites, but it seems much more likely that they simply adopted, remodelled and added to structures already in existence. The technology required to quarry, transport, carve and place such ridiclously large and precise stonework is virtually impossible given the technology we assume they possessed. Archologists have carried out experiments to “prove” that this can be done, but if you look closely at their methods, they are almost laughable and prove nothing. The Incas themselves even stated that many of their builings were not built by them, but by a much more ancient, currently unknown and tremendously advanced civilization. If they had built them, wouldn’t they want to claim ownership?
Check out these photos of the “Fortress.” Look very closely at how large and heavy some of these stones are, and how perfectly they fit together at very odd angles indeed. They fit together so tightly that you literally cannot slip a piece of paper between them, and some have up to 12 sides angled all over the place, perfectly fitted with all surrounding rocks.
There are various books written about this alternative archeology. David Pratt has put together a thorough summary of many of the mindboggling stonework credited to the Incas, connecting it to various other megalithic structures around the world and discussing potential theories. Check out his website here if you are interested, it’s cool stuff:
Have an open mind and check out that website (http://davidpratt.info/andes2.htm). Then think about the implications of what it would mean that there may have been a currently unknown, very advanced civilization sometime in our distant past.
Thanks for reading, Machu Picchu pics are coming up next!