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The Inca Empire (Quechua: Tawantinsuyu) was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was located in Cusco in modern-day Peru. The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century. From 1438 to 1533, the Incas used a variety of methods, from conquest to peaceful assimilation, to incorporate a large portion of western South America, centered on the Andean mountain ranges, including large parts of modern Ecuador, Peru, western and south central Bolivia, northwest Argentina, north and north-central Chile, and southern Colombia into a state comparable to the historical empires of the Old World.

Raqchi Ruins - Temple of Wiracocha

Raqchi Ruins - Temple of Wiracocha

Cusco - The Coricancha temple, with Cathedral of Santo Domingo above

Cusco - The Coricancha temple, with Cathedral of Santo Domingo above

Doorway in Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Doorway in Sacsayhuamán Fortress

The Monolith of Qenqo

The Monolith of Qenqo

Ollantaytambo - Typical Inca Doorway

Ollantaytambo - Typical Inca Doorway

Ollantaytambo - Wall of the Six Monoliths

Ollantaytambo - Wall of the Six Monoliths

Ollantaytambo - Pinkuylluna Mountain

Ollantaytambo - Pinkuylluna Mountain

Ollantaytambo Terraces

Ollantaytambo Terraces

Ollantaytambo - The Bath of the Princess

Ollantaytambo - The Bath of the Princess

The Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu

The Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu

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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:South America
Subcategory Detail:Peru
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