I am so impressed with the Inca's on a whole host of architectury and engineering ingenuity levels, also pretty impresssedwith gold and silver smithing skills and the pattern repetition. Extending to the astronomy / navigation, terraces, tunnels and crazy staircases
Also taken with their approaches to conquering enemies, but my absolute favourite was their super civilised way of human sacrifice, in five easy steps:
- Tell you and your family the honour bestowed on you (well technically this is heresay but I like it)
- Walk you and your entourage and your precious afterlife goods to the nearest snow capped mountain, days or weeks
- Have you drink hallucinogenic flower, position you with blankets into a tidy seated position wait for you to fall asleep
- Surround you with next world / appeasing treasures
- Wait for the snow to do its thing until you die of hypothermia
Much more civilised that just cutting your heart out. Right?
The Inca Trail is mesmerising, essentially four days of walking meditation with camping thrown in for good measure. And an incredible test of lung capacity with passes at 4200m, 3710m to the relative flatlands of Macchu Picchu at 2430m.