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Choquequirao archaeological center

Choquequirao (Quechua chuqi metal, every kind of precious metal/gold (<Aymara), k’iraw crib, cot, also spelled Choqek’iraw) is an Incan site in south Peru, similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. The ruins are buildings and terraces at levels above and below Sunch’u Pata, the truncated hill top. The hilltop was anciently leveled and ringed with stones to create a 30 by 50 m platform. Choquequirao (3050 m) is in the spurs of the Willkapampa mountain range in the La…

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Celebrities who visited Cusco ?>

Celebrities who visited Cusco

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Machu Picchu each year. Some hike the Inca Trail, some take the bus; some stand and take it all in while others are too busy trying to take the perfect photo. It’s an easy place to remain anonymous — unless, of course, you’re of that rare breed known as “The Celebrity.”   Che Guevara (1952) When the asthma-hobbled medical student named Ernesto Guevara departed Buenos Aires on a motorbike with his buddy Alberto Granado,…

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Pachamama (Mother Earth) ?>

Pachamama (Mother Earth)

Incas of old-world Peru believed that Pachamama incarnated the Earth. The Pachamama or Earth queen, inhabits in the Urkhupacha, the Underworld, and fits out her harvests to nourish Human. Thus, within the retaliatory nature of the Andes, in August bucolics make offerings named pagapus.   These tributes can contain wine, chicha, unwrought silver, coca leaves and jungle seeds named huayruro believed to have spellful mightiness. These tributes are made to the Apu, the esprits of their predecessors who live within…

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Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It is located in the present-day Peruvian region of Cusco. In colonial documents it is referred to as the “Valley of Yucay.” According to recent researches it encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire. The valley is generally understood to include everything between Calca and Lamay, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo….

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Salcantay or Salkantay is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru.   However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascaran. The name Salkantay is from sallqa, a…

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Saksaywaman – “Place where ideas are clarified” ?>

Saksaywaman – “Place where ideas are clarified”

, Saqsaywaman, Sasawaman, Saksawaman, Sasaywaman or Saksaq Waman (Quechua waman falcon sasa place where is satisfied, or by another theory Sacsa full, huma head, so “Place where ideas are clarified” – this theory I like better) is a citadel on the northern edge of the Cusco – city. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. Later the Spaniards began to use Saksaywaman as a…

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salkantay trek vs inca trail ?>

salkantay trek vs inca trail

Salkantay Trek This is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Going this route, you’ll be able to visit some of the most beautiful places in the Andean jungle and see the snow covered Salkantay Mountain (altitude is 6372 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna and stop by part of the Inca trail, Llactapata, which is an enclosure built on the mountain facing Machu Picchu. Inca Trail Inka…

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Señor de Coyllority ?>

Señor de Coyllority

Qoyllority or Quyllur Rit’i ( Quechua “quyllur” is a star, “rit’i” means  snow, so  “star snow”) –  or Star Snow Festival is celebrated every June 15 at the Sinakara Valley in the village of Mawayany in the Cusco Region of Peru, at 4600 meters above sea level. The festival is in honor of the Lord of Quyllur Rit’i what  means “Lord of the Shining Snow “ is a Christ, whose image is plotted on a rock.  This an old religious…

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