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Posts Tagged ‘Inca’

Photo of the Week: A Chincheros Farmer in the Sacred Valley of Peru

  • Mary Moses
  • 23 November 2012

When in Peru, no visit to Cusco is complete without time in the nearby area of the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado). With Inca fortresses and ruins, bustling local markets, stunning countryside and small pueblos of indigenous communities, the Sacred Valley is just outside of Cusco, but feels worlds apart. This picture was taken during a visit to a local Chincheros community.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Inti Raymi: The Sun God Festival of Cusco, Peru

  • Fernando Carrasco
  • 20 May 2011

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people – locals and foreigners alike – flock to Cusco, Peru, for Inti Raymi, one of the biggest annual festivals in South America. A solstice celebration of ancient Incan origin, it survived colonial Spain’s attempt to stifle it in the 16th century to become the grandest traditional display of Inca culture that still flourishes in living colour today.

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Photo of the Week: Smile from a Little Girl, Cusco, Peru

  • Pieter Roos (Photo) Fernando Carrasco (Text)
  • 6 March 2011

This shot captures a beaming smile from a young girl from Cusco as she struggles not to laugh while having her photo taken. Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire is located in southeastern Peru, high in the Andes Mountains at more than three kilometres above sea level.

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Top Five Spiritual Travel Destinations

  • WHL Group
  • 10 December 2010

Spiritual travel runs the gamut of transcendental experiences, from traditional religious pilgrimages to yoga retreats and shamanic healing. The global religious travel market generates almost $20 billion per year and is growing fast, however, religious belief is not a prerequisite. An interest in the culture and history of the world’s most mystical places is reason enough to visit our top five picks of spiritual travel destinations.

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The Legendary Lost City of Machu Picchu is Now a whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 19 August 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. No travel itinerary in Peru is complete without a long glimpse of the world-famous ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Overlooking Peru’s majestic Urubamba Valley from approximately 7,000 feet in elevation, these iconic ruins high in the Andes are a shining example of the history and skill of the Inca Empire that once dominated much of South America.

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The Dizzying Expanse of Colca Canyon Is Now a whl.travel Destination in Peru

  • whl.travel
  • 4 June 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. Created by thousands of years of the Colca River slicing through the highlands of Peru, the seemingly bottomless Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the Americas. It is now an adventure traveller’s haven of roaring rapids and ambitious treks, as well as home to the distinctive cultures and lifestyles of traditional communities.

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Lima, the Gateway to Peru, is the Latest whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 5 May 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, PORTUGUESE AND FRENCH. Lima, the intriguing capital and largest city of Peru, has long been an important hub in Latin America. The Spanish founded Lima in 1535 as a strategic position from which to explore the unknown treasures that the interior country was believed to hold. They had no idea just how accurate this assumption would prove to be.

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Peru’s Legendary Sacred Valley Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 28 April 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. Although the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas of Peru has become a tourist destination in its own right, many people only discover it because the usual Inca Trail route traversing Peru’s highlands to Machu Picchu passes through it on the way from Cusco. One glimpse is all that’s required to see why the ancient Incans thought this land was holy.

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Antique and Charming, Cusco Is whl.travel’s First Destination in Peru

  • whl.travel
  • 15 December 2009

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH, PORTUGUESE AND DUTCH. For good reason, the antique city of Cusco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru. Once the capital of the Inca Empire – and officially designated the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru – Cusco is the oldest still-inhabited city in all of South America.

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