Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Viewing the Milky Way in the Sacred Valley

The night was clear and I looked out the window of the bus that was taking me back from Machuu Picchu, through the Sacred Valley, to Cuzco.  Suddenly I saw it!  The Southern Cross constellation seemed to leap out of the Milky Way, right into my eyes!

The mysticism surrounding this valley is probably what drew the Incas to settle here around the 13th century, building temples and royal palaces whose remains provide enough evidence to put your imagination to work. According to Inca legend, each of the fields in the Sacred Valley reflects the Upper World, which is also represented by the Milky Way. The Milky Way is also thought to be the counterpart of the sacred river in the sky. There are approximately 95 Sacred Sites throughout the valley, each of which connects to a particular constellation in the Milky Way, thus creating a mirror reflection.

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