Do you believe that a city can form a shape of an animal? Some people think the country of Italy is in the form of a boot! And where I grew up in Florida, there's a city called Boca Raton, mouth of the Rat, because on a map it looks exactly like that. But here in the capital of Cuzco, the shape that some people think they can see in the plan of the city is...a puma! (A puma is a mountain lion.)
High up, about a forty-minute walk up modern city streets and an older Incan pathway, is the ruin of Sacsayhuaman, which actually feels alive with energy. Because it is hard for foreigners to pronounce, tourists refer to these ruins as "Sexy Woman." Sacsayhuaman is at the top of a hill overlooking the city, and while you can't really see the Puma shape just looking down, the view of the city is incredible. From the air, however, you can make out these features: a circular tower on the right forms the right eye, a square tower on the left forms the left eye, and the teeth are three rows of stone walls that zigzag back and forth twenty-two times.