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Book Extract – The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, Chiclayo, Peru

Built across three floors, the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan is a stand out feature against the small, somewhat dated buildings squatting in the backdrop. Shaped like a pyramid with a huge red slope leading to the entrance, it has a distinctive golden design of the Ai Apaec symbol, the Moche creator God, on the front wall.

Moche ceramics, peru
Some scholars say these spiral patterns are “geometric waves”

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Book Extract – An Interview With The Last Descendant of the Inca, Willocq, Peru

Extract from my book: Journeys to Ancient Worlds: What Modern Man Can Learn From Ancient Civilisations

When I was at the Inca ruins talking to Walter about my research, he suggested I get in touch with his friend Paul. So I did.

Peruvian school children in Ollantaytambo

 

Paul was also a local guide, pleasant, chatty and in good shape. His thick black hair and a long narrow face is typical of Peruvians, and so too the smile that seems to be continually fixed to his jaw. He suggests I might like to go into the mountains to a little indigenous village named Willocq where I can meet Mama Yupanqui – the last surviving descendant of the Inca King, Manco Tupac. I jump at the chance! Continue reading Book Extract – An Interview With The Last Descendant of the Inca, Willocq, Peru

Book Extract – Cusco to Ayacucho: The worst bus ride ever!

Central Plaza, AyacuchoHaving finished investigating the Inca in the southern climes of Peru, I am ready to continue my journey to explore the Andean cultures from other parts of the country. These earlier cultures would be the inspiration for the Inca to extend their empire. The first stop is the Wari who built their epicentre high in the Andes Mountains near the humble town of modern day Ayacucho. But getting there from Cusco was the worst bus ride ever!

Cusco to Ayacucho is not high on the list of most visitors to Peru, and thus not covered by the bus companies that cater for tourists. The only bus company that takes the route is Expreso Los Chankas and I wasn´t sure what to expect.

To my relief, the double-decker coach from Cusco terminal is fitted with soft seats, a reasonable amount of leg room and an on-board toilet. For a 27-hour journey it had all the essentials. There is no TV but given the poor standard of films they show on these buses that is no great loss. Continue reading Book Extract – Cusco to Ayacucho: The worst bus ride ever!

Book Extract: Lake Titicaca, Boliva

Lake Titicaca, BoliviaFrom La Paz to Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

At 3,812 metres (12,507ft) above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. Within easy-reaching distance and shrouded in Inca legend, is Isla del Sol, the highest island in the world, said to have been the birthplace of the first Inca King, Manco Capac. Subsequently the Isla del Sol is regarded as the most sacred of places in Inca legend.

To get to Isla Del Sol from La Paz I catch a bus from the cemetery (Cemeterio). There are numerous buses leaving from here and the place is pandemonium. Fortunately, the taxi driver helpfully drops me exactly where I need to be. Men and women call out destinations. The first I hear is, “Copacabana, Copacabana.” Continue reading Book Extract: Lake Titicaca, Boliva