Inca Trail Views (1/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 1 (January 7 – 10, 2016) The Inca Trail is not what you think it is. Or rather, it was not what I thought it would be. I had no expectations. In fact I was slightly apprehensive about doing it, even up to two days before the start. The reason being that I was concerned that it would be too crowded or commercialised. In recent years the Classic Inca Trail has become […]

Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture

Inca Design, Architecture and Technology Machu Picchu & Ollantaytambo Peru, South America While in Peru in January I found myself at two sites where examples of Inca architecture and design could be observed in its finest form. Here below follows a visual tour. [click to view slides] Immediately noticeable was the combination of strength, functionality, durability and visual appeal. Aesthetics always played a role for the Inca, although it took much, much longer than today to construct buildings, walls and […]

Tikal – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 2

Tikal National Park, Petén, Guatemala, Central America Tikal is the largest excavated Maya site in the Americas and once was one of the greatest and most prominent cities in all of the Maya world. Besides general sightseeing, of interest to me during my recent visit in September, was to get to know more about the advanced technologies and sophisticated infrastructure which could be found in Tikal in its heyday. I was also interested in learning more about the reasons for […]

Copán – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 1

Copán Maya Ruins, Honduras, Central America “Archaeologists believe that the Maya culture in Copán collapsed because the land could no longer support it. As the valley of the population grew, so did the need for wood, cooking and construction. Deforestation caused the valley to heat up. The heat caused draught and crop failure. The hunger and disease that resulted created political and social unrest that lead to the downfall of this great civilisation.” – Copán Nature Trail  [click to view […]

The Maya World Tree

In Mesoamerican theology the sacred World Tree stands in the centre of the world, crossing and connecting three horizontal levels, the heavens, the earth and the underworld. It has its roots embedded deep in the underworld, with its trunk straight and sturdy in the earthly realm and its branches high up in the heavens, diverging into the four cardinal directions. Each direction has a colour. East is Red, North is White, West is black and South is yellow. The World […]

Exploring Easter Island – Days 5, 6 and 7

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Highlights of Day 5 (continued) + Days 6 & 7 Te Pito Kura the magnetic stone, Manavai plant enclosures, Hare Moa stone chicken coops and Anakena Beach.   Right next to Paro (the toppled moai) I found a stone enclosure with a large stone in the centre and four small stones surrounding it. The smaller stones are “seats” and people can sit here and place their hands on the large stone to absorb the energy. The […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 5 – Part 1

Travelogue – Highlights of Day 5 – Rapa Nui: Rano Raraku Crater and Lake, Papa Vaka Petroglyphs and Garden and Paro the fallen Moai at Te Pito Kura Day 5 (Part 1) I woke up at about 3am and something was amiss. It was quiet outside. The stormy weather had died down. This could just be a lull I thought, but what if it holds? I reset my alarm and went back to sleep, holding thumbs. I was up early. […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 4

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 4 Highlights In the morning I went to the tourist information office to pick up some maps and brochures. When enquiring about the weather staff assured me that it would be raining for 3 or 4 days and that the rain would start the following morning. They recommend getting as much as possible sightseeing in during the day. This made me decide to head out to the south-east end of Easter Island and then walk […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 3

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 3 Highlights The following morning I set out early. It was raining all night and the clouds were just starting to clear. I came across a lonely horse next to a small moai, but soon encountered more. I passed by Tahai again and then continued northwards. The terrain was getting more rural. Shortly after passing through a country gate and stepping over pools of rain water I heard a noise. Looking back I noticed horses […]

Exploring Easter Island – Days 1 & 2

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Days 1 & 2 (June 2015) Day 1: After about five hours of flight time from Santiago, we were nearing our destination. Serious turbulence started up during our descent in the stormy weather. Just before touch-down a very strong tug to the left occurred, then to the right, followed by a hard bounce as wheels connected with rain-soaked tarmac, complimented with (some) veering and swerving, but no skidding, until the plane came to a standstill. A […]

Megalithic Circles and Spirals (2) – Loughcrew, Ireland

LOUGHCREW, COUNTY MEATH, IRELAND Megalithic rock engravings at Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns, County Meath, Ireland. Photographed by Jean-Jacques Montagnier (06.10.2012)  © 2012 – 2014 All Rights Reserved. — Loughcrew dates back to between 3500 and 3300 BC (older than the pyramids at giza in Egypt at 2560 BC) and is of major historical significance in Ireland. View Full Album** Read about Loughcrew — (More) Neolithic Circles and Spirals (1) Recent & Related The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Shift of the Stages Peruvian […]

A Visit to Newgrange

NEWGRANGE Neolithic rock art at Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland (11.02.2012) Photographed by Jean-Jacques Montagnier  © 2012 – 2013 All Rights Reserved. ** Related Post on Gypsy Café: Megalithic Circles and Spirals Recent & Related Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins Inca Trail Views (2/2) Inca Trail Views (1/2) Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca Tikal – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 2 Copán – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 […]

Upwards and Onwards

“Upwards and Onwards” Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café Copyright © 1995 – 2015 · All Rights Reserved Recent & Related Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins Inca Trail Views (2/2) Inca Trail Views (1/2) Peru – Ancient Inca Design and Architecture Peru – Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca Tikal – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 2 Copán – Maya Sites Discovery 2015 – Site 1