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Day 10 - Day 10 - The Inca Complex in Ollantaytambo is very impressive as so as the view to the city and the surrounding mountains. I was impressed and curious about the ruins on the opposite side of the complex, at Pincouna Montain (the ones showed on the picture). Aparently they were some kind of grainery. I questioned why such a place and the guide said because of the weather on the higher altitude is fresh and windy, so more appropriate to conserve the grains. But I was not so convinced, stored the grains up there was a lot of work even more considering that the majority of terraces are on the opposite side of the city... So my theory is that the grains were storaged there in order to avoid lootings. We may not forget that the Sacred Valley region was were the best corn and grain were produced in the Inca empire and that what was produced in the region was exclusively for the Inca himself, the nobility and the sacred rituals... Other reason may be religious... Ollantaytambo means something like the 'storehouse of the gods' and according to a local legend was built by command of Viracocha...
The interesting thing is that one of the grainery was built over a natural rock formation. Can you see the old man with a crown in the picture? The locals say it's Viracocha's face protecting the city. Viracocha is the Inca good that created the humans from some clay prototypes and by the ingratitude of his creatures was exiled from the world. His figure was expropriated by the Christians to serve as a civilizer’s hero, an apostle that came to the Andes to preach the Christ’s word. He was also seemed by the Christian as a sign of the local intuition about the existence of a unique god.
(On the WS a zoom on it and also a picture of a Inca’s face)

The picture is not nice, but considering that there's not much pictures of this place in TE and that it is a very important historic town I decided to post it. If you're interesting in knowing more about the city and its history check the previous post. The shadow that can be seem is from the mountains were the Inca Complex is located.

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