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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Ollantaytambo: Photo 50

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Now? The Inca laid out the town with blocks containing two lots, each with a walled enclosure for a noble family. The wall on the right here hints as much. Squier seems not to have much liked them: "Of course the long, dull lines of walls, with no other openings than a single, heavily jambed door-way in each block, give the cramped streets a gloomy, monotonous appearance, and the eye turns from them, with a sense of relief, to the bright sky above..." (Squier, p. 505).

The name for these walled lots was cancha as in Cusco's Coricancha, the "golden enclosure."

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