Did the Incas Build All of Machu Picchu?

To many, Machu Picchu is the poster child of the Incan civilization. Like an ancient lost city,¬†the ruins lay hidden from the world for centuries, even the Spanish invaders, until they were 'revealed' to archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. Yet, for all its majesty, Machu Picchu isn't the only impressive legacy of the Incas. I... Continue Reading →

Masters of the Loom: the Weavers of Chinchero

It was at an oxygen-starved altitude of 12,300 ft (3,800 m) that I got my first headaches. Higher than even nearby Cusco, the town of Chinchero in Urubamba province has nights so cold at this time of year that my home-stay host family of Paulino and Vilma Quillahuaman¬†put seven woven blanket layers on the bed.... Continue Reading →

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