Machu Picchu – a childhood dream come true!

Posted: August 21, 2011 in Peru

My brother and I watched a program called “Mysteries Cities of Gold,” which ran from June 30, 1986 to June 29, 1990 (I just looked that up by the way!) It was unlike anything else on childrens´ television at the time and a first introduction to feature length series, psudo Japanese/French manga cartooning and it was amazing. I quite fancied Zia the daughter of an Inca high priest, although I knew she was only a cartoon character before you say anything. And the plot…

In 1532 a Spanish orphan named Esteban joins Mendoza, a navigator, and his associates Sancho and Pedro, in their search for one of The Seven Cities of Gold in the New World, hoping to find his father. They are joined on their quest by Zia, an Incan girl (who was kidnapped by Mendoza), and Tao, the last descendant of the sunken empire of Mu…The travellers encounter the Maya, Inca and Olmecs during their journey…  They discover many lost technological wonders of the Mu Empire, including a solar powered  ship (the Solaris) and The Golden Condor, a huge solar-powered ornithopter (mechanical bird), capable of travelling considerable distances under the sun’s power alone…

Obviously at the time I did not realise that most the story was based on Inca, Maya and Olmeca history and legend but it did spark my imagnation with regard civilisations in the Andes mountains, ancient cities, unknown tribes, huge treasures of gold hiden away, etc. The image of Machu Picchu, was ingrained into my mind (although I am not sure if they used it specifically?)

Well there is no gold at Machu Picchu, but it could definately be one of those cities and was as I expected, although heaving with tourists as opposed to ancient Incans! I found the same strong theme I remember for watching as a kid, on site there is a “Condor Temple”, “Astronomy Tower” and “Sun Temple.” I could explain he reason and significance of these buildings but won´t bore you with another history lesson, but the site is built in the shape of a condor. The Incans had three mystic/revered animals: the condor depicting heaven, puma for earthly power and the snake representing the underground realm.

One happy `not so young´ boy today!

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