Royal Palaces of the Incas: The Power of Place and the Path to Empire with Peter Frost - Context Travel

Royal Palaces of the Incas: The Power of Place and the Path to Empire with Peter Frost


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Every Inca king, upon taking power, would build a splendid royal palace complex in the high Andean city of Cusco. Sections of those impressive walls and courtyards survive today in the historic center of the old city, usually supporting second stories of Spanish colonial architecture. This conversation will explore the history of these Inca palaces, the figures behind them, and the architecture of these incredible ancient structures.

A palace in the Inca capital was an essential expression of the king’s power and authority. Equally so, however, was a sprawling provincial complex of royal residences, public buildings, farming terraces, temples, tombs, squares, streets, and connecting highways – far from the capital city, in some of the world’s most remote and astounding mountain locations.

In this seminar, we follow the trajectory of a succession of Inca rulers, as they established their royal palaces across the Inca heartland and expanded their control throughout the Andes and along the Pacific coast. We look at the roles and functions, the power and prestige of these royal domains, and see how their increasing size and importance reflected the growing power of a regional elite as it rose to dominate the western edge of South America.

Led by explorer and published author, Peter Frost, this interactive seminar will transport participants back in time and place to that of the royal Incas. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a better understanding of these architectural feats and the figures associated with them.

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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Peter Frost is an excellent presenter and I learned a lot from this conversation.

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Fascinating seminar

I learned so much from this seminar ... Peter Frost detailed the history, architecture and the infrastructure of the Incas' Royal Palaces. There is so much more to understanding the history and culture of the Incas than just knowing about Machu Picchu. Peter's passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter made the seminar so enjoyable.

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Peter Frost is an excellent presenter and I learned a lot from this conversation.

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S.G.
Fascinating seminar

I learned so much from this seminar ... Peter Frost detailed the history, architecture and the infrastructure of the Incas' Royal Palaces. There is so much more to understanding the history and culture of the Incas than just knowing about Machu Picchu. Peter's passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter made the seminar so enjoyable.