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Peru Miscellaneous / The Inca

Peru Miscellaneous

Some Traditions Remain

Some Inca traditions remain to this day, especially in the rural highlands. Today, indigenous peoples make up 45% of the total population in Peru, 55% in Bolivia, and 25% in Ecuador. Quechua is still spoken by indigenous people, and each region has its own particular head-covering just as in Inca days. Rural people wear the poncho-style tunics and shawls similar to the old days. Homes and meals are similar too - and guinea pig is still eaten today. Farming practices, irrigation, llamas, and alpaca herds also remain from the traditional Inca days. Not all was "conquered."