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Once the capital of the Inca Empire, modern day Cusco is a colorful mix of contemporary and traditional. Most “Cuzqueños” speak Quechua and Spanish, but with over three million visitors a year, the air is often filled with a variety of languages. Walking down the streets of the historic district, visitors can see the mestizaje (mixture) of architecture – colonial adobe walls and ceilings built upon massive foundations and gates of Incan palaces of the past. In 1983, the city of Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as was nearby Machu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
DISCOVER MACHU PICCHU
Few sites elicit the wonder that Machu Picchu does. Students explore various historical interpretations and challenges faced by historians and archeologists to develop their own idea of the site’s purpose.
Take in the grandeur of this former citadel, built by the Inca using giant stones - some weighing over 300 tons and nearly 30 feet tall – located high above the city of Cusco.
AWANACHANCHA TEXTILE MARKET
The Awanacancha Project offers students an unmatched tutorial in traditional textile weaving - from the dying of the yarn, to the intricate traditional Andean weaving techniques.
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