Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pukara

Our first stop on the Puno to Cusco trip was the town of Pukara with its archaeological site and museum. The site dates from 1800 BC with a zenith around 200 BC. It was an administrative and religious center for the Pukara culture, north of Lake Titicaca.
The Santa Isabel parish church across from the museum; also
interesting

Items in the museum found at the Pukara site;
yes, this is about decapitation, human sacrifice,
etc.




Pukara and Pukara-style ceramics have been
found all over Peru



Among the stelae found at the site
 
Guarding the church yard

Approaching the Pukara site; I am hanging back in order to
take pix and also to breathe; "keep breathing; that's the key;
breathe"--Gimli, Son of Gloin

Several stepped pyramids


Our luxury tourist bus; best yet


Sunken courtyard

Interior

Nearby school

Modern Pukara, population around 2,000

Still processing this one, although it must have something to
do with insects or birds...


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