The Inca South Gate, The Church of San Pedro and the ruins of Piquillacta
We visited three places on August 13th. The first was the south gate of Cuzco. In Inca times all persons entering would have to pass this inspection point. The second place was one of the oldest Catholic churches in the region, built in the 16th century. The third place we visited, Piquillacta, is a town that predates the Incas by 2,000 years. The archeolgical investigations here are ongoing. It is clear that some of the architecture from this culture were incorporated into inca designs.
The South gate of Cusco
The South gate of Cusco

The South gate of Cusco
The South gate had two entrances, this one was for animals
The South gate had two entrances, this one was for animals

The South gate had two entrances, this one was for animals
This gate was for people
This gate was for people

This gate was for people
One side of the gate was made of very finely carved blocks
One side of the gate was made of very finely carved blocks

One side of the gate was made of very finely carved blocks
The gate as Incas would have seen 500 years ago
The gate as Incas would have seen 500 years ago

The gate as Incas would have seen 500 years ago
Carole approches the gate on the Inca trail
Carole approches the gate on the Inca trail

Carole approches the gate on the Inca trail
The church at Andahuaylillas, San Pedro the Apostle
The church at Andahuaylillas, San Pedro the Apostle

The church at Andahuaylillas, San Pedro the Apostle
The church is made of adobe and cedar wood. It is currently undergoing restoration
The church is made of adobe and cedar wood. It is currently undergoing restoration

The church is made of adobe and cedar wood. It is currently undergoing restoration
This local tree is thought to be 500 years old
This local tree is thought to be 500 years old

This local tree is thought to be 500 years old
It produces colorful blossoms. Unfortunately Spanish moss is killing the tree
It produces colorful blossoms. Unfortunately Spanish moss is killing the tree

It produces colorful blossoms. Unfortunately Spanish moss is killing the tree
The entrance to Piquillacta
The entrance to Piquillacta

The entrance to Piquillacta
This site dates from 500 BC
This site dates from 500 BC

This site dates from 500 BC
The complex is surrounded by a wall and contains over 3,000 buildings
The complex is surrounded by a wall and contains over 3,000 buildings

The complex is surrounded by a wall and contains over 3,000 buildings
One of the main streets in the town
One of the main streets in the town

One of the main streets in the town
In Inca times this street became part of the Inca trail leading to Cusco
In Inca times this street became part of the Inca trail leading to Cusco

In Inca times this street became part of the Inca trail leading to Cusco
A narrow entrance to one of the streets
A narrow entrance to one of the streets

A narrow entrance to one of the streets
Some buildings here were three stories tall
Some buildings here were three stories tall

Some buildings here were three stories tall
This civilization also build aquaducts for farming
This civilization also build aquaducts for farming

This civilization also build aquaducts for farming
Carole walks another part of the Inca trail
Carole walks another part of the Inca trail

Carole walks another part of the Inca trail
The straight walls and homes with courtyards is also similar to Inca building
The straight walls and homes with courtyards is also similar to Inca building

The straight walls and homes with courtyards is also similar to Inca building
The obligatory couple at the ruins picture
The obligatory couple at the ruins picture

The obligatory couple at the ruins picture