Machu Picchu and Choquequirao: Sacred Cities of the Inca Frontier with Peter Frost

Machu Picchu and Choquequirao: Sacred Cities of the Inca Frontier with Peter Frost


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At its height in the early sixteenth century, Tawantinsuyu – the Inca Empire – stretched 4,000 miles through the Andes. Led by an Andes explorer, we will venture to two of the key cities during the Inca rule as we analyze the histories and mysteries of Machu Picchu in the east and Choquequirao to the west.

We’ll learn how Inca territory was a narrow, contiguous land empire, bordered in the west by the Pacific Ocean and in the east by the vast forested lowlands of the Amazon. The high altitude Inca heartland, and its capital city of Cusco, lay east of the continental divide, between twin Amazon tributaries, the Urubamba and Apurimac. We’ll discuss how no part of it was far from the trackless wilderness and unpredictable tribes of the eastern frontier.

Yet this homeland was ringed by lofty snow-covered cordilleras, which both protected and isolated it. One of these, the mighty Vilcabamba range north-west of Cusco, straddled the gap between those two deep river gorges, enclosing the mysterious province of Vilcabamba. At either end of this range, an Inca emperor built a spectacular settlement: Machu Picchu in the east, and Choquequirao to the west.

Our seminar introduces us to these two Inca cities – one famous, the other still obscure – their architectural features, their powerful sacred landscapes, and some of their nearby outlying sites. We also consider the mysterious attraction, for both Incas and modern explorers, of Vilcabamba, the region they dominated.

Led by explorer and published author, Peter Frost, this interactive seminar will introduce two remarkable Inca cities in Peru. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a deeper knowledge of these mysterious attractions.

Peter Frost is a writer, photographer, explorer and independent scholar who has traveled the Andes and the Amazon for 45 years and lived in Peru since 1987. His publications include four books on Peru and Ecuador, including Exploring Cusco, a guide to the Cusco region and Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, a book about Machu Picchu with text and photos. In 2001 and 2002, he led National Geographic Society-sponsored expeditions into the inaccessible region of Vilcabamba, finding and exploring the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina, featured in National Geographic magazine, Feb. 2004. He has uncovered other Inca and pre-Inca sites in the region since that time, and frequently lectures on his discoveries and other aspects of the Andean world.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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I used to think it would be interesting to "shadow" a Roman Empire engineer to see how they built road, bridges, buildings, aqueducts, etc. After seeing the stunning photos of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Vitcos and Espiritu Pampa, in Peter Frost's seminar, I now think Inca engineers are the ones I want to "shadow" because what they built in such rugged terrain is phenomenal. Mr. Frost gives an insightful talk about the Inca cities built in the Vilcabamba valley. This seminar makes a future trip to Peru more meaningful.

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I used to think it would be interesting to "shadow" a Roman Empire engineer to see how they built road, bridges, buildings, aqueducts, etc. After seeing the stunning photos of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Vitcos and Espiritu Pampa, in Peter Frost's seminar, I now think Inca engineers are the ones I want to "shadow" because what they built in such rugged terrain is phenomenal. Mr. Frost gives an insightful talk about the Inca cities built in the Vilcabamba valley. This seminar makes a future trip to Peru more meaningful.