Just outside of the city of Calca, near the Urco terraces in Sacred Valley, Peru, is an excellent new museum which introduces visitors to 8 ancient cultures that predated the Spanish invasion and holocaust. It covers over 5,000 years of Peruvian history in very dramatic fashion. The civilizations covered are:
For each civilization, there is a small exhibit room and a life-sized diorama. The exhibit room provides an introduction to the culture and the beautifully-constructed diorama provides a glimpse of what the civilization was like. The museum is laid out in chronological order, with the Caral culture first and the Inca last.
The museum appears to be set up for tour busses, because of its large souvenir shop and two high-end stores (alpaca and jewelry), but while we were there 2 local school groups visited. So it is also serving an educational function. So while in Sacred Valley, I recommend a visit to the museum. Allocate about 2 hours.
The glory of small museums like Inkariy is always a pleasant surprise.