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From Machu Picchu to the Amazon

From Machu Picchu to the Amazon
One of the best ways to witness the impressive biodiversity of Peru is by visiting both the dramatic highlands of the Andes and the immense jungle of the Amazon. Most travelers find this easy to do and check off two bucket list items at once, by visiting Machu Picchu and the Amazon in one trip! […]
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The Incredible Architecture of Machu Picchu

The Incredible Architecture of Machu Picchu
The ruins of Machu Picchu are well-known for their historic and cultural significance, but equally important is their testimony to Inca architecture and civil engineering. As a people who used no draft animals, no wheels, and no modern tools, many wonder how it was even possible for the Incas to build Machu Picchu. Remarkably ahead […]
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The Ultimate Machu Picchu Packing List

The Ultimate Machu Picchu Packing List
  Headed to the land of the Incas? Don’t forget to pack the essentials. Here is our best advice for what you need to bring to Machu Picchu, for both your day at the ruins themselves and the trek to get there.     Trekking Those who will be hiking to Machu Picchu, regardless of […]
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Machu Picchu Facts That You Don’t Already Know

Machu Picchu Facts That You Don’t Already Know
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, it officially made it big: Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. Only 30 years after UNESCO added Machu Picchu to their World Heritage […]
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All You Need to Know About Machu Picchu’s Altitude

All You Need to Know About Machu Picchu’s Altitude
The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu sits high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, 7,972 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level. Huayna Picchu, the infamous peak that towers over the ruins and highest point on Machu Picchu, rests at 8,920 feet (2,720 meters) above sea level. So, yes, it’s very high up there. A city […]
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Visiting Huayna Picchu

Visiting Huayna Picchu
If you’ve seen photos of Machu Picchu, then you’ve certainly noticed the one peak towering in the background of the ruins. This is Huayna Picchu. Huayna Picchu, meaning “young mountain” in Quechua, rises over the majority of the ruins of Machu Picchu, while also hosting some of it’s own (including the Temple of the Moon). […]
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Cusco, Exploring the four suyos of the Inca Empire

Cusco, Exploring the four suyos of the Inca Empire
Cusco, considered by the Incas as the "center of the world", had a strategic location that allowed it to unite, in just a couple days journey by foot, places of such disparity as the cold, Andean highland plains and the torrid Amazonian rainforests.

This vast network of roads - originally constructed out of carved rock and stone slabs - opens itself outward like the rays of the sun towards the different regions, or suyos, that formed the empire.

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Choquequirao, The Other Machu Picchu

Choquequirao, The Other Machu Picchu
The story goes that just after the Conquest, the Incan imperial family enjoyed a comfortable yet impotent existence in the city of Cusco, watched very closely by the Spanish conquerors.
Some collaborated openly with the invaders and submitted themselves to a false monarch chosen by the Conquistadors. This was the case of Paulla Inca, declared the inheritor of the Tawantinsuyo by Diego de Almagro himself in 1537. However, there were others that resisted this new ruling house and gathered themselves together under the banner of Manco Inca in the impenetrable jungles of Vilcabamba. This handful of brave warriors would later make up the group of rebels that devastated the Spanish forces for more than seven years.
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Quechua, the official language of the Incas

Quechua, the official language of the Incas

BY RODOLFO CERRÓN PALOMINO

Quechua is one of the most important languages in South America, not just because of the fact it is spoken in five countries, but for historical and cultural reasons, as it was the official language of the Incas. However, alter the Spanish Conquest and subsequent colonization of the former Inca Empire, the language lost its social status to be replaced by Spanish, which was spoken by the new administration. Although Quechua was used to convert the natives to Catholicism, its status as a dominated language failed to change. Within the colonial and republic regimes, speaking and writing in Spanish was always obligatory to be able to be granted access to the minimum rights of the indigenous population.

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Machu Picchu Location: The Wonder of the World On A Map

Machu Picchu Location: The Wonder of the World On A Map
Once mistakenly referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas” (which is actually a different location- Vilcabamba), Machu Picchu is anything from lost now. Found by multiple explorers before the modern day crowds, Machu Picchu’s location is incredibly well-known- and an incredibly interesting part of it’s history.     The archaeological site of Machu […]
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