The Last Days of the Incas is a book I have read twice trying to understand a little bit about where we live. We are close to where all the action of this book took place. If you want to understand the conquest of Peru by the Spaniards it is a good place to start. It will also impress you with its brutality. I can recommend it as a good history, and I think it is makes a good attempt to be accurate and fair.
We took our first sightseeing trip when Allison’s father was in town. We went to the Sacred Valley, and we were all impressed by the ruins that are scattered throughout this part of Peru. Some of the biggest are in Moray. This is from Wikipedia:
Moray or Muray (Quechua) is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest ofCuzco on a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 m (98 ft) deep. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.