The Incas: The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, 1539-1616

The Incas: The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, 1539-1616

The Incas: The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, 1539-1616

The Incas: The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, 1539-1616

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Today, when the annual feast of the Sun is revived in the ancient Inca city, a feast that is a source of joy for tourists and of emotion for the Indians, it is no exaggeration to say that the entire population talks of the Inca Garcilaso, whom they piously and rather naïvely associate with the greatest figures of the past. The Calle Garcilaso is one of the principal avenues of the new city, between the Calle Manco Capac and the Calle Pachacutec. Here, two steps from the hotel where Americans usually stay, is the "old Cuzco Bazaar" which sells postcards of the Sun, and tapestry or terra cotta likenesses of the Incas. The young "Cuzceños" get their sports training at the "Garcilaso Stadium" and, at school, they are taught the story of the Inca Garcilaso, Peru's leading writer. Finally, in the heart of the old town, no visitor should miss the casa Garcilaso, where our author himself will act as guide and let us attend the bullfights given four hundred years ago, on the main square of the city.

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