Discovering Peru and the Inca Civilization

Peru  is the third largest country in South America after Brazil and Argentina. It shares its border with Ecuador and Colombia on the north, on the east with Brazil, on the south with Chile, on the southeast with Bolivia and on the west with the Pacific Ocean. Peru was home to the largest

Official Languages
Peru has two official languages: Spanish and Quechua. Spanish is the most widely spoken language. Quechua is an indigenous language used by the  and currently spoken mostly along the . Quechua and its thirty to forty …

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Inca Civilization »

Who were the Incas? Where did the Incas come from?

The Inca Civilization
The Incas were a civilization in South America formed by ethnic Quechua people also known as Amerindians. In 1400AD they were a small highland tribe, one hundred years later in early the early 16th century the Incas rose to conquer and control the largest empire ever seen in the Americas forming the great . Its capital was located in and extended from what today is Ecuador in the north, Chile in the South, Bolivia in the east and limited by the in the west. In less than …

Geography, The Rainforest »

The Amazon Rainforest

For centuries the Amazon rainforest has been cleared of plants as soon as humans come in contact with it, be it because of slash-and-burn farming, oil drilling, mining or cutting exotic trees for furniture. The Amazon rainforest represents more than 50% of the total rainforest left in the planet and more than 20% of the oxygen is produced here where trees recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen. The Amazon is referred as the “lungs of the planet”. The Amazon jungle is also and plants living in a number of ecosystems unmatched …

Culture »

Culture of Peru

Peru’s culture is a set of beliefs, customs and way of life inherited from the and and . Immigrant groups such as Africans, Japanese, Chinese and Europeans have also contributed to the , blend of cultures and ways in which Peruvians live. Whatever their ethnic background Peruvians agree on the importance of family and religion. In many cases generations of a family live together where the younger look after the elderly and help each other in difficult times.
Peruvians express their culture through their music, literature, art forms, dance, …

Andes or Sierra, Travel and Places, Visit Peru »

Trekking the Andes

is without doubt the most popular trekking route in South America, but due to its popularity it does not offer a genuine wilderness experience. This trek involves walking from ruin to ruin with some breathtaking views. The offer a wealth of more isolated routes that are not as popular as the . The best time to enjoy climbing and trekking is from May to September during the dry season and because of the different altitudes along the Andes there are .  All these treks require .
Peak Ausungate is …

Culture, Inca Civilization »

Inca Art Forms

Inca art was practical. The Incas were an artistic people who used materials available to them in nature and blended them creating many artistic forms in utilitarian ways. Much of their artistic expression was used in everyday life and had a .  Because they did not know science they had to attach powers to natural phenomena worshiping natural resources such as water streams or rocks, animals and almost anything related to nature and the best way to worship was to incorporate their best artistic creations in their offerings to the …

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Inca Trail

The Inca Empire built an advanced network of roads that crisscrossed the empire and connected each of the four corners of the Tawantinsuyu. It stretched from Quito, Ecuador in the north to south of Santiago in Chile. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a 43km segment of that magnificent network of which has become a popular hiking route in the last 30 years. This section of the trail connected the which was the capital of the to the citadel of . Machu Picchu is believed to …