Inkariy Museum near Calca, Peru

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:

  • Caral
  • Chavin
  • Paracas
  • Moche
  • Nazca
  • Wari
  • Lambayeque/Chimu
  • Inca
Restored Inca Terraces at Urco in Sacred Valley, Peru

Restored Inca Terraces at Urco in Sacred Valley, Peru

Inkariy Museum near Calca Peru is Well Worth a Visit

Inkariy Museum near Calca Peru is Well Worth a Visit

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 Life-sized Dioramas Are Impressively Laid Out

The Life-sized Dioramas Are Impressively Laid Out

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.

Children Waiting to Get in the Inkariy Museum

Children Waiting to Get in the Inkariy Museum

The glory of small museums like Inkariy is always a pleasant surprise.

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