The Incas had three laws by which they tried to live: don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t be lazy. The first two are ubiquitous across most cultures but the third is, perhaps, more unusual. To have “work hard” as one of the tenets of your civilisation must be a tiring prospect, but it is a tenet the Incas embraced like a cuddly alpaca as they travelled vast and vertiginous tracts of South America, lugging around hunks of rock that had remained stationary for millions of years for a very good reason.


The most extraordinary expression of this industriousness is the jaw-slackening ruins of a town improbably sitting 2,400m up a mountain, Machu Picchu.

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