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Llama Grazing


Llama Machu Picchu
of a llama grazing in the ruins of Machu Picchu in the 1960s.  In order to prevent vegetation from overgrowing the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Peruvians have been using llamas for many years to maintain the ruins.  When Hiram Bingham "discovered" Machu Picchu in 1911, the ruins were overgrown with vegetation such as grasses, bushes and trees that had to be manually removed.  Besides being practical, llamas are much more esthetic and appealing to visitors than a team of workmen equipped with lawnmowers and bushwhackers. Unfortunately in their zeal to make Machu Picchu more esthetic to visitors, modern-day Peruvians have made extensive reconstructions, especially of the terraces, during which virtually all the rocks are relocated, thereby, loosing much important archaeological information during the reconstructions.       

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