Huánuco Pampa

Over 500 years ago, the Inca built a city high in the Andes mountains called Huanuco Pampa (wa-nu-koh pam-pa). The city has well-preserved remains of palaces, houses for commoners, temples, and storehouses. After Spanish invaders took over the empire in the 1530s, the city was abandoned. Archaeological research at this site has given us a rare look at life in the Inca empire.


Where: Andes Mountains in Peru
Geography: cold, rugged highlands
Founded: about 1450
Importance: capital of one of the Inca provinces
Known for: massive storage buildings, and well-preserved architecture

Image credits: courtesy of Craig Morris.