Monday, February 1, 2010

Peru's Bridges: Puentes Rio Urubamba

At the end of our visit to Peru we took a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu; a self-sufficient (and now abandoned) home for Inca royalty built around 1450 AD. There are many interesting books written about Machu Picchu including one by Kenneth Wright and Alfredo Zegarra, which discusses how well engineered this small city was despite being 8000 ft above sea level.

Aguas Caliente is a pleasant town just north of the ancient site that provides meals and hotel rooms for visitors. It sits along the Rio Urubamba, which is a fast-moving river between the old and new cities.

I noticed a number of interesting bridges across the river including what looks like a one span Bailey vehicular bridge sitting next to a pretty pedestrian suspension bridge.
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