Sturdy houses and larger buildings are built using blocks which are made with clay soil which is readily available and cheap. A simple wood form is filled with mud mixed with straw. The block is left to dry in the sun until it is hard enough to be used for building.
It doesn’t snow here (even though the altitude is above 12000 ft) so snow loads are not a factor in roof construction. Houses are finished in stages as money for things like doors and glass for windows becomes available. Initially the roof is thatch but the sign of prosperity is a house with a tile roof. The brown of the mud is the standard colour and during an election campaign, Political Parties will paint the outside of your house for free to advertise their candidate. Less drab that way.
The studio of Pablo Seminario is in Urubamba, a town of about 8000 people in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We were privileged to visit with the artist at his home, shop and studio where he took the time to meet us and describe his approach to the art that he produces.
Ceramic items produced in his studio/workshop by staff are also on sale in his small store on the site.
These days, I am drinking my morning coffee from one of his uniquely decorated mugs.
This Alpaca is taking a very dim view of having its portrait made.
Or is it a Llama? A Guanaco? I don’t think it’s a Vicuna.
This guy lives at Awana Kancha near Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Getting from room to room inside one of the structures in Machu Picchu.
Each individual block is shaped to fit precisely. There is no mortar holding them in place.
Quite remarkable as the Incas used no draft animals, iron tools, or wheels.