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Our Second Destination – Machu Picchu, Peru

Follow the Globe Walk adventure to our second destination – Machu Picchu – the ancient city of the Inca. Here are some interesting facts:

  • Machu Picchu sits at 2,430 metres above sea level. It is suggested that you “bus hop”, a little at a time, on the way to Machu Picchu to acclimatise to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness
  • It’s the most impressive archaeological Inca ruin in South America, a UNESCO World Heritage site (they limit the number of daily visitors).  It is also considered to be endangered and has a no-fly zone above it.
  • Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries.  The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs, most staircases carved from one slab of stone.  To stop the structure from sliding down the side of the mountain the Inca built over 600 terraces. For their time the advancements they made in structural engineering were unheard of!
  • Each stone was precisely cut to fit together – so tightly that no mortar was needed to keep the walls standing; not even a piece of paper can fit in between stones. One temple wall in Machu Picchu has 33 corners. No animal power, iron tools or wheels were used in the process of excavating and shifting each stone.  It is still a mystery how the huge rocks moved from the quarries (30 km), to the location.
  • It was built to withstand earthquakes (much more effectively than modern California)! 
  • Machu Picchu was used as an astronomical observatory, to help identify seasonal changes and indicate the best time for planting and harvesting. The distinctive Intihuatana Stone found at Machu Picchu acted as an astrological clock and was used in ceremonies
  • There are ghost stories!  Legend has it that at night, spirits rise from the ground and try to take people away. To protect against this, most porters will sleep with a mirror or a shiny piece of metal beneath them. So, watch out!
  • The Inca empire was one of the largest in pre-Columbian America covering Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador
  • It is not exactly known why the Incas abandoned Machu Picchu.  Evidence suggests that it was abandoned prior to the arrival of the Spanish.
  • From the top of Machu Picchu you can see a human face in profile in the conformation of the mountain – the face of Inca (king).
  • Llamas graze the grounds of Machu Picchu – and they will photo bomb your pictures!
(photos: pexel.com/unsplash.com)


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Register for the February Globe Walk Event

Picture2  Invitation to all Globe Walkers

  Valentine’s Heart Smart Event

February 13, 2020

                           1:00 – 2:45 pm – Doors open at 12:30

                       McClure United Church – 4025 Taylor Street E. Saskatoon

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EATFind out the latest information on nutrition and how it affects older adults. Bring your questions.

ORIENTAL DANCE ARTSTry a new way to move your body. Fun, low impact exercise combined with great music.

                       JOIN US – RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

               email:  globewalk@scoa.ca or call (306) 652-0027   (Limited Spaces Available)

                    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 6, 2020

 

 

 

 


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By special request …

At our January Globe Walk event we showed a film on the Wonders of the World.  Everyone enjoyed it so much, that captains are asking to show it to their groups.

There are three ways to do that.  I have a copy on a USB drive and I also have a DVD copy.  If you are interested, call us at 306 652-0027 or come into the SCOA office to arrange to borrow it.  You can also find it on You Tube.  For some reason, I can’t put in a link without the movie itself showing up on the page.  However, if you search You Tube for “The 7 New Wonders of the Ancient World” it will come up.  It is just over an hour long.

I previously posted information on Chichen Itza.  Watch for the next post on Machu Picchu.

For your interest, here is the map of the Globe Walk 2020 destinations route.  I will post this map each month, with our progress marked on it.

Wonders map

Stay Warm everyone

 

 

 

 

The 7 New Wonders of the Ancient World


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Track Cancellations for January

The management of the Field House has given us the following information to share with those Globe Walkers who use the track here.

There will be track closures on the following days:

Thursday, January 16, 2020 and Thursday, January 23, 2020

Captains,   We will send a notice to you to forward to your team members.  Please send it to your team members so that they are aware of the closures.


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The 2020 Globe Walk Has Been Launched!

Almost 150 Globe Walkers turned out for our official 2020 Launch on January 6th.  What a great day!

The film “The Seven New Wonders of the World” was fantastic.  It showed not only the sties in all their splendor, but it informed us about the background and legends/stories of each site.  We nibbled on popcorn as we were inspired by each of our 2020 destinations.

We followed that with a upbeat session of Zumba, choreographed for older adults.  Thanks to (instructor) Lena who led the class.  What fun!

Thanks to our sponsors, partners and especially our volunteers for helping make our first social event of 2020 a huge success.

Our next social event will be on Thursday, February 13.  Check back for details.

CAPTAINS:  If any of you would like to show the film to your group, as a motivational tool, let me know.  I have it on both DVD and USB.