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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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Everything You Need to Know About Machu Picchu Tickets: Top 10 FAQ’s Answered

Everything You Need to Know About Machu Picchu Tickets: Top 10 FAQ’s Answered
If you're planning a trip to Machu Picchu, you probably have found yourself asking a ton of questions about how to get your tickets.

Unfortunately, the official website isn't the most user-friendly so most foreigners get confused as soon as they start the process. But not to worry- We're here to clear the air and answer the top 10 frequently-asked questions about tickets for Machu Picchu that you all need answers to! Read on for how, when and where to buy your Machu Picchu tickets, and answers to any other issues that may come up along the way. Don't see your question? Send it to us in the comments and we'll help you out!

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Cusco: Short History and Travel Guide

Cusco: Short History and Travel Guide
Center of the world in the Andean cosmology and principal city of the Colony, Cusco is a city shaped by the Inca and the European worlds. Considered one of the architectural gems of the world, it constitutes an excellent example of the amalgam of cultures that forms the rich composition of our nation.

Cusco is one of those cities where it possible to find a living past, a history suspended among its walls and temples and even including its people. Here, the expansion of the Tawantinsuyo started 800 years ago. The Incas venerated it as the 'navel of the universe', the sacred center, from where the roads that extended from it united the four suyos or arms of the Empire that were at the same time the four corners of the world. From this city, the rulers decided the fate of an immense, diverse, and singular nation, and in its honor, they constructed majestic palaces that have resisted the passage of time.

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Brief Cusco History: Before and after the Incas

Brief Cusco History: Before and after the Incas
Located in the Huatanay River valley, the city of Cusco, originally named Acamama, was populated long before the arrival of the Incas.

Its first inhabitants came there more than five thousand years ago and prospered as farmers and llama shepherds, circa 1000 B.C., when the Marcavalle culture ruled the lands around the Huatanay. Later, other ethnic groups flourished like the Huaru and the Chanapata, who were present in that region for a very long time. Thereafter came the Tiahuanaco-Huari tribes to dominate the area between the sixth and twelfth centuries A.D. until their expulsion by the Lucre in the year 1,100 A.D. .

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The Amazon Jungle, a scientific experience

The Amazon Jungle, a scientific experience
Aphotograph can have the power of making someone travel across the world and visit some special place; a photograph can also make local efforts resonate and find support in the international community.

It can make people from the cities appreciate and even love, creatures and landscapes they have never seen, or allow ancient peoples to share their traditions with the world and obtain resources in order to have a fairer, and better life.

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Machu Picchu, 100 years of magic

Machu Picchu, 100 years of magic
As I look at the images on my computer screen I find it hard to believe that just a few days ago on our way to Machu Picchu, we went through the Llaqtapata cloud forests, which are always covered in moss and populated with wild orchids.

We covered almost 43 miles of cobbled paths defying deep abysms and narrow paths, feeling at times belittled at the foothills of giant snow-peaked mountains, glaciers and the vastness of the highlands only to arrive once again, to this magical place that never ceases to surprise, captivate and seduce.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Six o'clock in the morning in Urubamba. The sun barely begins to warm the earth, and the people start their morning without commotion.

From out of the houses emanate the aroma of baking bread, which becomes embroiled in the sweet odor of eucalyptus. It smells of peacefulness. Work is just starting in the fields that overflow with tender corn. Soon, the sun will rise to its throne in the middle of the sky, and it will be necessary to protect yourself under the shade of pisonay tree. Life continues unchanged as it has from the beginning of time. We are in the sacred valley of the Incas.

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