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This hill? Oh, it's nothing.

Just a thousands-of-years old mud-brick temple from the pre-Incan civilisation that formed in Lima and the nearby river valleys. Nothing special, there are dozens of them all over the city and out in the valleys.

Of course you can go walking on it, stupid foreigner...

Huaca San Marcos

Huaca San Marcos

From the sign...
The lower Rimac River valley contains a large quantity of prehispanic relics, one of which is the Maranga architectural complex from the Lima culture (0-600 AD), which covers an area of 1.5 km from north to south,and 1 km from east to west: a zone now contained within the avenues OR Benavides in the north, La Marnia in the south, Universitaria to the east and Faucett to the west. ...the Maranga complex consisted of 16 buildings, and of the 7 which are found within the University grounds the Huaca [pyramid temple - T] San Marcos was probably the principal building. Construction likely began in the late stage of this culture, when maximum development levels were reached.

These archaeological remains were described and studied as much by travellers as by archaeologists such as Hutchinson (1873), Meddendorf (1894), who developed a plan of the buildings, identifying them by number, Max Uhle (1905) and Jijon & Caamano (1025); the last studies were carried out under Doctor Ruth Shady (2000).

Huaca San Marcos

Huaca San Marcos

The Lima culture was characterized principally for its monumental architecture, constructed using cobbles, earth and sand, forming superimposed structures and building walls and floors using clay and mud-brick. The oldest structures were made of hand-moulded mud bricks, but by the end of the early-intermediate period they had incorporated rammed earth.

In much of the ceramics, decorations were geometric, consisting of red, black and white patterns, which can be divided into two phases: the early phase known as Playa Grande or Interlocking, where the basic design is interlaces stylized fish with triangular heads; and the second, later phase called Maranga or Cajamarquilla, where the design uses simple dashed geometric patterns made with an orange paste and fines (Nieveria style), with the latter foreign elements related to the southern coast and highlands (Lubreras 1974).

In much of the textiles, the designs are similar to those used for ceramics. Burials in the Lima culture were of bodies layed out on litters or the bare earth [in contrast to Inca culture where bodies were placed into the foetal position and wrapped in textiles prior to burial - T].

Although the archaeological complex belongs to the Lima culture, the huaca contains material elements from later times, such as the Ichma culture [Also pre-Inca, 1 110 - 1 440 AD - T]

Huaca San Marcos

Huaca San Marcos

(phone camera, as I wasn't planning on stumbling across an archaeological site when I went to work that day)

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This started off as an LJ entry, since it's more personal and emotional than what I'd normally share on t'other blog, but then I thought that no-one much reads here any more, and that the themes of the post were relevant for my little Sustainability Blog, designed to make other people think about their lifestyles by telling stories of my own.

So anyway, I wrote a thing about my day yesterday: Economic Whiplash


May. 28th, 2013 10:27 am
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Feeling the urge to be moving, wandering.

To be stretched and challenged.

Change is calling.

Hoy dia
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Remember, you can - and do - climb mountains, both literal and metaphorical.

It may be difficult, painful, exhausting, but nothing beats the feeling of making it to the top.

Reach for the summit.

Lares trek, 4 800 mASL, Peru.
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Edit: why is "restless" a crying face, LJ? I'm frequently restless but it's never made me cry.
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It´s my second day back in Santiago. Tomorrow I catch the plane back to Syndey.

My holidays have felt over since I flew out of Cusco, Peru. I think I left my heart in the Peruvian Andes. I left Kat there too.

Santiago is a big, dirty city with no natural beauty to speak of. Luckily I made friends with two Dutch girls at the hostel and today we went adventuring out together. First of all we tried to go to the famous Musuem of Pre-Columbian Art only to discover it was closed. After that we walked to Cerro San Christobel and took the furnicular up to the top to take in the view just to find the smog was so bad you could only see for a couple of city blocks. Ah, Santiago...

I loved Peru. The people, the cities, the mountains, the language. In Peru I can hold a conversation with most anyone I meet. Here in Chile they don´t speak Spanish, per se, but their own derivative of Castillian and I struggle with it. I can catch the gist of things but can´t really converse. Peru and its people now hold a special place in my heart and I find myself thinking about going back, perhaps looking for work there for a year or two. Who knows, eh? If I could, I´d jump a plane back to Cusco right now.

Tonight I pack my bags for the 2nd last time. I have 1 night in Sydney then on Friday I´m home, no matter how unreal that feels right now.

At night I dream of the Andes.


Jul. 21st, 2012 08:16 am
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So, we survived the overnight bus to Cusco to arrive at our hostel to find the booking hadn´t gone through. That´s 2 in a row now! But they´ve found space for us and eventually we´ll be allowed to claim a bed (at 1 pm, having been awake on the bus almost all night and feeling somewhat drunk from the compination of fatigue & altitude.)

We´ve got a couple of days to adjust to the atlitude before we head off on our big trek. I´m hoping my various injuries hold up ok as the big changes in altitude have been causing me a spot of bother. Fingers crossed, eh?

In other news, the airline finally found my reservation - the fact they are code-share flights threw them - and they´re confimred, but there is some concern I won´t have enough tie to transfer from domestic to international when I get to Lima (flying Cusco - Lima, Lima - Santiago). Stilll, if I miss my flight there´s another one that evening. Just need to sort out accomodation in Santiago now for my last 2 nights.

No more epic bus trips, and I´ve reached my final destination. It´s odd to not be heading somewhere else after this, but making my way back home. We´ve got as much time in Cusco-Machu Picchu as we took to do Santigo - Valparaiso - San Pedro de Atacama - Arica and cross the border into Peru to reach Arequipa. Nice to be slowing down a little.

Speaking of, we didn´t get time to do Colca Canyon, so no condors as well as no flamingos. *sad face* We did have a great time exploring the city though (aside from the couple of hours we lost each other yesterday) and we even took a cooking class. When I´m in Melbourne in late September there´s going to be a Ceviche & pisco sour party and you´re all invited.

Right, I´m off in search of a warm couch to crash on before I venture out on a bread-free breakfast mission.

Chao chicos!


Jul. 19th, 2012 06:26 pm
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The good: we made it to Peru and are having a great time here in Arequipa. Today we did a cooking class that was a lot of fun. Peru is more chaotic than Chile and getting to Arequipa was quite a mission. It's cleaner and prettier though! We got in too late to take the Colca Canyon tour we wanted but there's still plenty to see and do here.

The not so good: dropping into SKY airlines to confirm my flights (bought through Expedia) to find they have no record of my booking. Hmm... I'll go back in the morning armed with my confirmation email and see if I can find a way to get back to Santiago to get myself home again. At worst I'm $700 out of pocket. Could be worse. Won't be booking anything through Expedia again!

So tomorrow I try to sort out my flights, and we organise the bus up to Cusco & Machu Picchu.

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