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The Innovative Inca People

Inca Staircase

While hiking the Inca Trail is undoubtedly a great experience for the breathtaking landscapes that you encounter, one of the best parts about the trail is stopping at four other Inca ruins before Machu Picchu. By doing this, and walking around all of them, you notice simple things that the Incas were able to create in order to make their everyday lives easier. Take the staircase shown above for example. A simple staircase like this took careful planning because it was built jutting straight out of the stone wall and would have been done during the process of building the actual wall. This staircase in particular made it easier for the Inca people to climb from a little garden area back to the main portion of their town. Continue reading The Innovative Inca People

Ancient Inca Lawn Mower

Ever wonder how the grass on all of the Inca ruin terraces stays so well-groomed? I caught one of the elusive Inca lawn mowers on camera as it set to work trimming the grass on one of the terraces of an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail. Do you see the ancient staircase that the Incas would have used in order to bring their crops from one terrace to the next? Although this one has been tagged for research purposes, wild alpaca/ llamas may be seen grooming the ruins both along the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.