"No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey"
- - Heber J. Grant
October 3, 2014
On a Rooftop of the Earth
by Dian Thomas

Forever I have been amazed to travel and learn more about the cultures of the world. Peru is one of the most fascinating places that I have ever traveled. It is a mix of the original people that lived here and the European people who came after Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca nation in 1532.

As one of my friends here said, “We are mostly a mixed race now, but my heart will always be Inca.”

The Inca people still live in the high Andes where the original capital of the Inca civilization was in 1450 to 1532. Cusco was the capital of the Inca civilization and is where you will go if you are going to visit these beautiful people.

Cusco is a city of about 500,000 people and is 11,000 feet above sea level. It still has many of the narrow original streets and some of the original roads that were built by the Inca people. I would like to share with you some photos that were taken by one of my fellow traveler Beth Garn last week on my trip to see and visit Machu Picchu, a sacred city in the high Andes.


Here is a photo of Cusco. It is very much like Salt Lake City, Utah, in the fact that it is in a valley surrounded by high mountains.


The Inca people are not very tall. In this photo they are dressed in their native costumes wearing the hats that Inca women customarily wear and leading a herd of alpacas.


The Inca women are the ones that care for the sheep. We saw this little lady who was out one morning with her sheep.


This photo shows plants that are used to dye the wool from the llamas, alpacas, and sheep, together with the finished wool product. Just like the American Indians, Inca women boiled plants to make the dyes they used to dye the wool they used to weave their beautiful clothing they wear.


Women still weave just that as they have for hundreds of years. The patterns are created as they weave.


We visited the salt mines, which were pools of very salty water that come out of the mountain and then are channeled into pools and then left to evaporate and then bagged and exported. Each pool is own by a family, who then come and process the salt from their pond.


The main attraction that people come to see from all over the world is the city that the Incas built in the Andes, which was never found or touched by the conquering Spaniards.

It is believed that this was a sanctuary built for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti, who was their great leader and the person who built this great nation that is still loved and admired by the Inca descendants and the three million visitors who come here every year.

The Inca people did not have any need to write, so the history of these amazing people has been lost.

To learn more about Dian’s next trip to Peru, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk9J5xnTVMA. To enjoy affordable trips around the world, call Dick Jensen at (801) 917-1131 or go to www.dickjensentours.com. For a special discount, tell him Dian sent you.

Dian’s books are on special at www.dianthomas.com. If you would like more information, send an email to info@dianthomas.com.


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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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