The first native South American to learn and master the game of chess was the Inca Atahualpa — taught by his Spanish executioners.
Before your Cusco tour, here’s a quick quiz.
Who said this?
“Drunkenness, rage, and madness are similar, but the first two are voluntary and transformable, the third permanent.”
- A. Inca Pachacutec
- B. Groucho Marx
- C. Winston Churchill
Now that the world knows about the allure of the people, music, food and intensely beautiful natural settings of the Andean region, it’s hard to believe that travelers to Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia were once so driven by mysterious tales of lost Inca treasure.
Few historians have made as great an impact on our understanding of pre-Columbian Peru and the mysterious Inca Empire as María Rostworowski Tovar de Diez Canseco.