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Inca Warfare

Pachacutec Inca Ruler

Inca Ruler Pachacuti (Pachacutec)

At its height, the Inca Empire was the largest in pre-Columbian America. The Inca tribe first began to expand both its territory and sphere of influence during the reign of Pachacuti, a rapid expansion that would end just as quickly about 100 years later.

The arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors, along with Old World diseases, would soon decimate the Inca civilization.

Inca Warfare, Weapons & Warriors

The expansion of the Incas was militaristic in nature. Inca warriors were organized and disciplined, while the infrastructure of the Empire, with its roads and lines of communication, allowed Inca armies to cross the realm efficiently.

Inca battle tactics were basic (compared to contemporaneous European civilizations) but effective, with a strong mix of long range and short range weaponry. To learn more about Inca warfare, read the following articles:

Ancient Inca Weapons and Inca Warriors

Battle Tactics of the Inca Civilization

Inca Battle Tactics Versus Spanish Conquistadors



The San Juan Festival

Posted in Culture,Travel by Tony Dunnell on June 6, 2010
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Juanes prepared for the San Juan Festival, Peru

While Inti Raymi is celebrated in the Andean highlands, particularly in Cusco, the people of the Peruvian jungle celebrate the San Juan festival. Both Inti Raymi, the Inca “Festival of the Sun”, and the Festival of San Juan take place between the 21st and 24th of June.

Both are great celebrations to attend, although they are very different in nature.

San Juan Festival, Peru

The San Juan Festival is celebrated on the 24th of June, with the days either side being set aside for more festivities. Whole families head down to the river side, taking their previously prepared juanes with them.

Everyone swims in the river; as the day advances, dancing and drinking continue through the night (and often well into the next day).

For more information about the festival of San Juan, have a look at The Festival of San Juan, Peru over at If you are travelling in Peru at this time, the San Juan Festival should not be missed – just get some sleep beforehand, as it can be a very long day….

Backpacking in Peru Alone or with Friends?

One of the most important decisions to be made before going backpacking in Peru is whether to go solo or with a friend or friends. For some people this will be an easy decision. If you want the total freedom and challenge that solo backpacking involves, then go for it. If you prefer the security and shared experience offered by a travelling companion, then bring your friends alone for the ride.

Backpacking Peru Solo or with Friends?

However, if you are undecided about which course to take, have a look at “Traveling to Peru Alone or With Friends?“. This article might help you make up your mind. Remember, if you do choose to go backpacking in Peru alone, there will always be plenty of opportunities to tag along with other backpackers – you will rarely be truly alone.