Botica

Botica
This woman is waiting for a bus. Buses are the most common means of transportation around Cuzco. The Ancient Incas maintained an estimated 15,000 miles of roadways. They did this by using a system called Mit'a service. All able bodied males were forced to work on public works projects or serve in the military. It was said that as many as 30,000 men a day worked on the construction of the fortress Sacsahuaman.

Every aspect of the Incan empire wasa labor intensive. The empire communicated by using a Pony Express type of method. Runners called chasquis, would memorize the message and then race a few miles to the next runner. Most historians believe that messages traveled an average of 120 miles a day. Runners traveled both day and night. Their feet were probably only protected by a thin piece of leather.