-The Incas – Beginnings

Part One of a series by Raghbir Jin

When people hear about the Incan empire, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the stone city of Machu Picchu nestled high in the PerĂº’s Andean mountain range. Sadly, this is often the only thing that comes to mind.

The sanctuary of Machu Picchu, built around 1400 A.D., exemplifies the extraordinary craftsmanship and architecture of the time and remains one of the leading tourist destinations on the continent at 858,000 visitors per year. Continue reading