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World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization Peru's culture is one and many at the same time. Modern-day Peruvians are heirs to traditions of civilizations that flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The resulting cultural blend was further enhanced by African and Asian contributions, which also took root in this land. - See more at: http://www.peru.travel/en-us/about-peru/world-heritage.aspx#QhapaqNan
About Peru World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization

World Heritage
Cradle of South American Civilization

Peru’s culture is one and many at the same time. Modern-day Peruvians are heirs to traditions of civilizations that flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The resulting cultural blend was further enhanced by African and Asian contributions, which also took root in this land.

Qhapaq Ñan

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The Qhapac Ñan, which in Quechua means “The Great Road”, is made up of a complex road system (pre-Incan and Incan roads) which the Incas unified and built during the fifteenth century as part of a major political, military, ideological, and administrative project known as Tawantinsuyu. This network of roads allowed access to the information and movement of goods that was the lifeblood of the entire region. It made it possible for the Incas in Cuzco to administer territories located thousands of kilometres away. They used these roads to send chasquis, or messengers, receive the benefit of tributes or migrant work, and mobilize the armies.

 City Of Cusco

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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Cusco, located in the south of the Peruvian Andes (3,250 masl – 10,663 fasl), is the country’s leading tourist destination and one of the most important cities in the Americas. Known by the Incas as the “Sacred City”, Cusco was the capital of one of the main pre-Columbian empires: the Tahuantinsuyo. Its Quechua name, Qosqo, means “navel of the world”, because the city was the center that controlled a vast network of roads stretching from southern Colombia to northern Argentina

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

The ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, in the southern Peruvian Andes, is Cusco’s main attraction. Discovered in 1911 by US explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is considered to be the most extraordinary example of landscape architecture in the world. Machu Picchu (“old mountain” in Quechua, the ancient tongue of the Incas) is located at the top of a mountain that overlooks the deep Urubamba River canyon, in the midst of the tropical jungle. It is believed to have been a center of worship and astronomical observation or the private estate of the Pachacútec Inca family.

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