Most people assume the Incas became extinct long ago, their culture vanished and their traditional ways abandoned due to the influences of modern society. De Inca civilization was indeed largely destroyed by the invading Spanish forces, but a lot has been preserved as well. The ancestors of the Incas, often wrongly called Indians, still live in the Andes mountains of South-America, still venerating the cosmic connection with Mother Earth.
Cuzco and Machu Picchu
The capital of the Inca civilization was Cuzco in Peru. The recent focus on the old Inca city Machu Picchu as one of the new seven wonders of the world has sparked renewed interest in Peru. Machu Picchu however is but one of the hundreds of remains of the old Inca culture, stretching from the beautiful Amazon rainforest to the impressive highest peaks of the Andes mountain range along the west coast of South-America.
Quecha is an ancient language, that already was spoken long before the Inca dynasty in the Andes. Quecha used to be the official Inca language and nowadays is still spoken by 10.4 milon people. Quecha is also still one of the official languages of Peru and Bolivië.
The Inca path