[IAEP] [support-gang] Peru Quest, beyond the quake

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 20 16:54:44 EDT 2010

Hi All,

I Googled "Inca Road Map" and found several maps online.  I was surprised to see that it went to many places I have been to, including a small part of the "inca Trail" above Machu Picchu including the famous "Sun Gate". The wildflowers and blue morpho butterflies there were spectacular!

 Because it traversed so many places in Latin America, the Inca Road heritage is widespread.  This is an excellent project that could include many, many different collaborative projects by the students... for example, students could take pictures of places along the Inca Roads near their homes and share them internationally via a special blog that could be set up.

A side note... many Peruvian children make a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu as a part of their education.  During the day, the site is over-run by school groups with their teachers.  If they have XOs, they could bring them and do an "Inca Roads" project of some type there.


P.S. Yes, I remember the open-source game, "Oregon Trail." I also remember the text version of the commercial game, The Hitch hikers Guide to The Galaxy."  I got the "babblefish"!  Did any of you?

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:57:36 -0500
From: yamaplos at bolinux.org
To: elena.valhalla at gmail.com; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; sebastian at fuentelibre.org; kiko at escuelab.org
Subject: Re: [IAEP] [support-gang] Peru Quest, beyond the quake


I do not known how open Google is to derivatives, they have some of the
best resources for topos nowadays, and at least for the area involved
near La Paz those maps are usable.  

Anyway, for a game we do not need anything strictly "real".  

One of the excitements of doing many of the Inca Roads is the many
ecological levels you cross, and that can be simulated and does not
need to correspond strictly with a topo.  

Taking the Takesi Inca Road from La Paz you climb up to a pass around
14.000 feet and then go walking down from there.  It's chilly, sharp,
barren, lamas and sheep, a cobalt blue sky (and snow in winter), and
then you get to an area with peat, and eventually it starts to green
up.  Physically you can go from snow to lush tropical jungle in a
single day.

I have probably a thousand pictures of my time there.  Let's assume
someone puts a structure together for a learning game, I probably have
a picture that would fit anything there to show what a place looks
like, excepting maybe wildlife.

Now, if we could work with Sebastian and team to do a more Maya Quest
kind of thing...

Something that could connect US and otherworld people to what they will
be doing in Peru (I hear they will even cross into Bolivia around
July).  Hmm, Summer time.  Bummer.  Australia?

As Kennedy said, "it is not that America has good roads because it is
rich, it is rich because it has good roads".  The Inca roads cover what
are now 5 countries, totaling thousands of miles, and this was the best
network of roads in the world in the 15th century, all of it
paved.  The Inca empire was *very* rich, though class inequality, very
strict and ruler-centered policies inhibited progress and innovation,
which eventually spelled out its doom.

On 04/20/2010 09:23 AM, Elena of Valhalla wrote:

  On 4/20/10, Yamandu Ploskonka <yamaplos at bolinux.org> wrote:
    The best map I know is very copyright-ed and rather expensive (German).
The original reason I purchased a GPS a  few years back was to do the
data pick-up so as to have a Free Inca Road map, at least for one of
them in Bolivia.  Another one of Yama's coma projects :-p
  Is there any aereal photography with permissive licensing available?
If there is (and I know it's not that likely) the volounteers from the
openstreetmap_ project could help tracing it, and their data could be
used in a FOSS game

unluckily, at a quick glance I don't think that there is already much
data in the area

_openstreetmap: http://www.openstreetmap.org

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