Ollantaytambo: looking beyond the rock piles
At the end of Perú’s sacred valley lie massive terraces towering above the town of Ollantaytambo.
Fortress, experimental planting center, hangout for the elite, it reflects the Inca’s awesome organizational skills.
But, again, the fun begins with details at the bottom: megalithic carving and stonework.
And at the top, more distinctly megalithic remains. Note the monster monolith, upper right.
Towards the top, an amazing wall of six monoliths, generally attributed — without a shred of evidence — to the Incas.
Here you can get an idea of the size of the rocks. And see that mountain in the background? That’s where they were quarried — somewhere the other side of it.
Here’s a closeup, a section perhaps a meter high. And the relief to the right is not a design, insisted Stephen Mehlen, one of many interesting people along on the tour. Purely functional. How? Probably in a way an Inca with a copper chisel would be hard-pressed to explain.
Think energy, vibration, frequency….