Welcome to 1525


A lifelong writer, J.D. Lanctôt is now bringing his talents to demonstrate Andean culture in all its mystery and beauty through stories.  To view his upcoming works connect with him or view his “Today’s Writing” page.

The stories he writes are based on the most recent anthropologic research and the wisdom passed down through the generations. It troubles him that despite the interest in Machu Picchu, Cusco and other archeological sites that correct information was difficult to find.

Who Were the Inkas?

The Inkas were the rulers of the Inka Empire, which we believed they called Tahuantinsuyu (Pronounce: Tah-wha-tin-sue-you). They spanned from modern-day Colombia to the middle of Chile. They existed at the same time as the Aztecs, and the Mayans, although there is no evidence that there was any contact between the great empires. The Inkas are known for the archeological sites of Machu Picchu, founding Cusco, and stonework that still amazes to this day. The empire collapsed in 1532 when Pizarro and the other Conquistadors entered Cusco, their capital. Although the empire may no longer exist, remnants of this ancient civilization can still be seen in the culture of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

Planning a Trip to Machu Picchu or Peru?

Picture of Terraces at Machu Picchu

One of the biggest draws to what was Tahuantinsuyu is Machu Picchu and Cusco and for good reasons, millions of tourists a year couldn’t be wrong. If you go, be diligent in learning about the Inkas before you arrive because the museums are few, the signage is lacking and guides may not be reliable. There is abundant information on this website and in the books of J.D. Lanctôt to educate. All of the information is well researched and reliable. Safe travels and enjoy one of the most magical places! 

Acllyahuasi, A Novel

Acllyahuasi, A Novel

Acllyahuasi: The Women Who Saved a Culture I'm finalizing my novel Acllyahuasi. It's about the struggles of a young girl named Tara who is trying to get her civilization to be remembered correctly by the occupying Inka Empire. She sacrificed herself as a hostage to...

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Inkas: The Forefathers of Veganism and Vegetarianism

Inkas: The Forefathers of Veganism and Vegetarianism

Vegan and Vegetarian Before It Was a Thing Veganism and Vegetarianism are leading alternative diets in the developed world. These diets attract a wide variety of people for a variety of reasons. A few common motives are animal rights, a holistic way of eating, health...

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Maps of the Inca Empire and Colonial South America

Machu Picchu and Cusco were only one of the many important locations in the Inca Empire. Most of these places have either changed names, been relocated, or ceased to exist. The Inca Realm consisted of 10 million people so the landscape was covered with settlements, tampus, huacas, administrative centers, and cities. You can get a sense of what Peru looked like using many early maps.

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Events That Led to Fall of Tahuantinsuyu, the Inka Empire

The Inka believed in a circular time model. They believed the world had been destroyed and created many times and that it would happen again. When the conquistadors arrived with their linear time model it is needless to say that the calendars did not match. I compared the texts of the conquistadors and the recorded events as told by the Incas. I created easy to read timelines incorporating this information.


Timeline of the Reign of the Sapa Inkas