The group of indigenous people that I have decided to research are the Quechua people. This indigenous population is not limited by one country but spread throughout a large region including parts of Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, and throughout Peru. I will be focusing my research specifically on the Quechua people of Peru. This group has interested me for many different reasons. I have always admired their peaceful way of life. I love that their culture and living is based in the mountains and at high altitude. Quechua has such a rich culture from being descendants from the Inca Empire all the way to being conquered by the Spanish. I am interested in their religious views and beliefs as they come from a Catholic and Andean religious background. They are also the largest indigenous group in the Americas, which is fascinating to me as I would love to learn how they have kept their culture.
As for cultural tourism, tourism actually makes up the third largest industry. As I looked up all the tourist activity there I was overwhelmed with all the amazing sites to be seen and not only that but all the different types of tourism that is present in Peru. Some of the types of tourism that I have encountered in the brief research that I have done so far include but not limited to cultural tourism, voluntourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism, gastronomic tourism, and beach tourism. However, out of so many options three tourist sites caught my eye. The first being the most popular and well known tourist attraction in Peru, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes mountains built in the 15th century and is also one of the seven wonders. Pisac Market is also another place for cultural tourism because it is a traditional and rustic Andean village located in sacred valley about an hour away from Cusco. It sits at the foot of an original Inca settlement. Pisac is a great place to visit for a look into traditional Quechua culture. Huacachina is another tourist location near Ica that happens to be an oasis town surrounding a small natural lake and surrounded by towering sand dunes. This used to be a playground for the Peruvian elite, but now it is mostly an international tourist attraction.
Map 1: This is a map of North and South America which is located in the western hemisphere.
Map 2: This map is of South America and shows all the countries in it.
Map 3: This is a map of Peru, which is in South America and it shows you all the different regions in it.