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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 07:28 AM

Peru's Ancient City Caral Inspires Modern Architects

Peru's Ancient City Caral Inspires Modern Architects
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: November 11, 2015 11:41 IST

Caral, Peru: Architects seeking solutions for sustainable living in the 21st century are taking notes from the ancient city of Caral in Peru, an engineering marvel built some 5,000 years ago.

Caral's builders created a city of pyramids, sunken amphitheaters, seismically resilient buildings and underground ducts that channeled the wind to keep their fires burning all with basic tools.

It was the site of the oldest known civilization in the Americas, the Caral or Norte Chico civilization, which developed from 3000 to 1800 BC almost as old as Ancient Egypt.

Today, architects from around the world have convened in Caral to seek inspiration in its sandy brown ruins and discuss the challenges facing humankind five millennia later.



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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 07:39 AM

1. My husband and I visited Peru

last year with a Road Scholar group. http://www.roadscholar.org/n/program/summary.aspx?DId=1-6HENUV&MC=

What an absolutely stunning and fascinating country! The people are warm, welcoming and lovely. The cuisine is outstanding.

That was my first visit ever to South America and I fervently hope that it will not be the last. Thanks for the OP.

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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 11:20 PM

2. So much to see. An incredible past is starting to be discovered regarding ancient Lat.Am cultures.

More seems to be coming to us week after week, as findings appear to accelerate with new technology.

It's very interesting as we learn more about the ancestors of the indigenous people who have been brutalized, tortured, slaughtered by invading, greedy Europeans who intended to kill everyone in their road on the way to stealing their resources.

In time we will know far more about the people they have destroyed, and their incredible achievements on so many complex, evolved levels.

The trauma these people have had to absorb and endure has made them stronger inside, and wiser than those who have abused them. Their time is going to return, I'm certain. The cost has been horrendous, the people themselves are above reproach for their kindness, and patience.

Interested in hearing your comments on their cuisine. I've read significant remarks on it repeatedly over the last few years. It sounds really, really interesting. They are attracting some of the world's finest chefs there, too, from what I have heard.

What a cool place to visit. Lucky you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 12, 2015, 07:28 AM

3. The cuisine is indeed wonderful -

a mixture of the local foods and traditions, with adaptations of immigrant traditions (lots from Asia, for example). It represents some of the best meldings I have ever experienced. Here is a sampling: http://www.southamerica.cl/Peru/Food/Guide.htm

I absolutely loved the various forms of ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime) and the wonderful beverage made from purple corm (chicha morada. http://munchies.vice.com/articles/chicha-morada-is-the-delicious-peruvian-corn-drink-youve-never-heard-of

Admittedly, I was too much of a coward to try cuy (guinea pig). My children had guinea pigs as pets and it was just a step too far for me. But I sampled nearly everything else. With a plethora of wonderful fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh seafood, and an amazing selection of herbs and spices as well as meat (beef, veal, llama, pork, and lamb) and poultry, this cuisine is truly world class.

Do check out your local restaurants - you may have some Peruvian cuisine nearby. I know that there are excellent examples in the DC Metro area, especially in MD.

But the best part of Peru is the people who live there! They are beautiful, inside and out. It was a wonderful trip and yes, we were very lucky to get to go. If you ever have a chance to visit, do NOT miss it.

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