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Incan Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 5 Incan sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Koricancha and Santo Domingo
    Cusco, Peru
    The combined sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo vividly illustrate ancient Andean culture's collision with Western Europe. The extraordinarily crafted Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire, and part of the Dominican cloister has now been removed to reveal its architecture.
  • Museo Inka
    Cusco, Peru
    The main draw of this archaeological museum is its collection of Inca mummies. The museum is housed in a splendid colonial mansion, which was built over an Inca palace.
  • Lake Titicaca
    Bolivia
  • Machu Picchu
    Urubamba Valley, Peru
    This well-preserved ancient ceremonial site high on a mountain ridge in Peru contains the ruins of a large Inca palace, temples and other buildings.
  • Samaipata Rock Carvings
    Bolivia
    A unique archaeological site in the mountains of central Bolivia, El Fuerte de Samaipata is a stone hill carved with a wide variety of animal and geometric figures.