Imagine taking a wondrous journey through the remote, rugged and beautiful wilderness of the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes. Imagine further that during your journey, you discover the gripping, poignant story of the rise and fall of the Inca empire. The Incas were the last great pre-Columbian civilisation to evolve in South America. Believing themselves the chosen people of the Sun God, they forged a vast empire that spanned the length of the Andes. Yet, at the height of their power, the all-conquering Incas themselves fell prey to a tiny band of Spanish invaders. Where did the Incas come from and what is the truth behind the many myths surrounding their meteoric rise and dramatic downfall? Join the author on a breathtaking voyage to find out. From the Incas' mythical birthplace in Lake Titicaca, journey across awe-inspiring Andean ranges to the empire's majestic pinnacle at Cuzco and Machu Picchu, and beyond to the scene of the Incas' final stand in the jungle-choked forests of Vilcabamba. Breathe in the clean, crisp air of the snow-capped Andes. Feel the tingling spiritual stillness of Lake Titicaca. Marvel as shooting stars streak across the Andean sky. Wonder at glorious Inca cities such as Machu Picchu, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Choquequirao, and the beautiful colonial architecture of Cuzco. Woven throughout the tale of the journey is the gripping, poignant story of the rise and fall of the glittering, but short-lived, Inca empire. Discover the truth about the Incas and their fascinating culture and beliefs. Witness the bloody but daring Spanish Conquest and the doomed Inca attempts to repel the Conquistadores. Virtually the entire journey is a breathtaking palette of spectacular landscapes, historical resonance and vibrant culture that never fails to thrill and inspire. As you read, a deep sense of wonder cannot fail to awaken within you.
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Published January 13, 2014
by Hermitage Media.
History, Travel, Education & Reference.