Kallpachay: Connecting Past and Present
Kallpachay is a word that comes from the ancient Incan language, Quechua. Its meaning is TO INSPIRE and is the standard we hold ourselves to. Although Quechuan is still spoken today in the Andes in South America, It is best known as being the language of the Ancient Inca Empire, which was the largest empire in Pre-columbian America. The Incan Empire stretched from Peru to parts of present day Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
The Inca are best known for being great builders and architects. They had precise agricultural and roadway systems, as well as centralized religion and language. Many of the structures, roads and temples built by the Incas in the 15th Century still stand today. The most famous is the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru, which was built by Inca architects and is one of the New Seven Wonders of The World.
Those who have visited Machu Picchu know just how inspirational it can be. Located 8,920 feet above sea level, on the peak of a mountain, it’s still a mystery how these rocks were carried up and placed so perfectly. Although the arrival of the Spanish ended the Inca Empire in 1572 it wasn’t until 1911 that the “lost city” was found by outsiders.
In a similar fashion, we hope that our Kallpachay Adventure Summer Camp can inspire children to discover another world that they may not have considered beforehand. Through adventure – whether its’s arts and crafts, sports, music, cooking, and culture, we introduce the Spanish language to children in a way they truly enjoy!
If interested in reading more details about the influences and history of Quetcha people and their language from long ago to the present here is a blog which covers a range of interesting facts. http://www.zompist.com/quechua.html