Peru’s Mystical Ancient Fortress

This is Sacsayhuaman again which is one of the coolest places in all of Peru (Cheap Flights to Peru). For those of you who read this blog often, Sacsayhuaman is probably something you recognize, but honestly pictures of this place never get old.  Even this image is just one random chamber of the vast Sacsayhuaman whole.  The place is HUGE, it’s a good place for a picnic, or to bring little kids to run and scamper around and get into trouble (they’re going to exhaust themselves because Sacsayhuman is at elevation and it kind of takes the steam out of you trotting around up there).

They really don’t like it when you climb around and get pictures of yourself whilst standing on those archways…but it’s not like they arrest you or anything.  Heck, nobody even approaches you.  Essentially what happens if you run and stand on top of the arch, is that some dude on the other side of the ruins wearing what is more or less an “official” looking vest or something, blows a little whistle and waves at you.  So you must wave back at him and then more or less look hurried about scrambling down.  I suppose the only way the guy’s going put his head down and make his way determinedly toward you (the dreaded, “I’m about to get chewed out moment”) is if you just blatantly ignore him and then he STILL won’t do anything to you.
My friend Owen recently recounted a moment he had at the Lima airport in which he simply refused to let the authorities search his bags and just walked out of the place in a fury (to the disgruntled desperate whistling of some port authority).  Nothing came of it….Lima is AWESOME (American Airlines Flights)!
(Things like airport security checks would be the first thing to go if I were emperor of the world.  I figure if EVERYBODY’S armed, it’s a fair fight and the carnage will be sorted out appropriately.  This is the kind of legislation that conservatives say they stand for…and the second one of them runs on a platform like that I’ll vote for him/her…but they’re too cowardly to do it).
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1 Comment

  1. Doctor289

    Now for a bit of self justification. Congnitive dissonance and all that.

    The event in question involved coming into Peru and Customs, not getting onto plane and telling security to go fuck themselves. I am more of a fan of rules than Ben is.

    The problem was that I had spent probably half an hour going through immigration, where half the booths were manned and there was a queue 300 people long. Next my one bag took about 40 minutes to get off the plane and onto the carousel.

    Once it turned up I had to join another massive queue because only about 3 of the 6 "press the button, red channel/green channel lights" were being used.

    I wouldn't mind if the capacity of all these parts of the airport was being utilized to the full but it is usually, at best, manned at 50%. It's not like they don't know when the fucking planes are arriving. I kind of imagine Peruvian air traffic control "Carajo! De donde vienen estos aviones de mierda?"

    Obviously I got the red light, at which point I just said "Screw this! You have wasted enough of my time. If you want to stop me you are going to have to shoot me . Staff you airport properly and I'll play by your rules."

    I walked right out the airport and was eventually chased down at the taxi rank outside the terminal by some guy who informed that I had been filmed and would have problems when I left Peru again.

    On my next trip out of Peu there was a niggling doubt there might actaully be consequences but so far nothing.

    The fact that my handwriting, after 20 odd years of using a computer, is illegible even to me on the customs form probably means they are still trying to work out who I am.

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