The Inca Empire and its Cultural Legacy

Emerged in the 14th century, the Inca Empire was the largest and greatest urban civilization in South America before the European´s arrival in the 16th century. The Incas created a vast realm along the Andes and asserted their rule using sophisticated bureaucracy, building massive administrative centres, temples and extensive roads and canal systems. They did so in inhospitable extreme terrain all without of use of wheels, horses, or even written language. As territorial people they embarked on a phase of conquests to absorb other societies. Inca people extended their empire from modern Ecuador to the southern city of Talca in modern Chile, and ruled as many as 12 million people. Nowadays thanks to its architectural legacy is possible to know more about this great Pre Columbian civilization, the most important archaeological site in the Andes is Machu Picchu, a superb citadel that serves as a testament that Incas were great engineers, architects and astronomers.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Hiram Bingham. Lost City of the Incas (Phoenix; New Ed edición: 2003)
  • Mark Adams, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One step at a time (Dutton; Illustrated edición: 2012)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Brief introduction of the Inca origins and history: We will cover the most important events of the Inca Empire such as the rise of the Inca people, the way of life, its economy, who where the Inca rulers and its achievements, where was the capital of the Empire and the territory covered during their rule. Also we will discuss which were the main possible reasons of their collapse and finally downfall.
  • The Inca cultural and architectural legacy in modern day: We will examine the main aspects of Incan culture and architecture that remain to the present day; such as the Quechua language, the Inca trails, the Andean animals such as the Llamas that played a very important role in Inca culture, their ceremonies in adoration to the Sun and Earth´s bounty and their most preserved ruins such as Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, among others.
  • The Lost City of Machu Picchu: We will discuss more in depth about the mystery of the Inca citadel and the most famous archaeologist Hiram Bingham, who was not the first person to discover this hidden sanctuary, but was the person that made public its existence in 1911. With a virtual tour of Machu Picchu we will understand why this very well known archaeological site is one of the most important testament of the Inca Empire.
  • The best Inca Ruins and Archaeological Sites to visit: We will discover the most impressive Inca archaeological sites that can be visit in present days; Cuzco city and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquericao, Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca (Bolivia).
$39 Limited

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05 Oct

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