While this might look like a coin, for the Inkas who created it, it had purely decorative value and was most likely used to hold the two parts of a cape or tunic. Tragically, the Spanish conquistadores, saw a lot of monetary value in the gold and destroyed the Inka Empire that stretched through large areas of the Andes in South America. Robin took this picture in the Gold Museum in Bogota and the capital of Columbia is worth a visit! To see more of Robin’s fascinating photos, check out Robin’s photo site! You can order the photos or create photo products with them!
In addition to Bogota, I recommend to visit Machu Picchu, the most famous reminder of the Inka Empire. Hiking the Inka Trail was one of my most memorable experiences in South America!
This photo was one of the most anticipated moments of my travels – after hiking the Inka Trail, which was considered a path of pilgrimage at its time, after fighting the grueling path up to Dead Woman’s Pass (no joke!) and being slowly introduced to the Inka history, we got up in the dark of night of the fourth day for the final hike to the Sun Gate to see the sun rise over Machu Picchu. It’s hard to describe just how amazing it feels to see it – you have really earned those views when you get there!
If you want to read more about the hike and Machu Picchu to see if you should go on this trek, read my report about the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu!
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Machu Picchu is considered the most sacred site of the Inka Empire. While there is convenient access via train/bus to the site, to truly pay respect to this heritage, I decided to follow the hardest path, considered a pilgrimage at its time, hiking the Inka Trail. … Continue reading