Cusco is one of the most captivating cities in Latin America, with more than 1000 years of continuous history. The inhabitants of the city and the region are descended from the Quechua speaking groups that formed the core of the Inca Empire known in runasimi as Tawantinsuyu: the land of the 4 quarters.
Quechua is widely spoken in the South American highlands: there is an estimated 10 million Quechua speakers living mostly in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. Although the various dialects are mutually understandable, the Cusco dialect is usually considered the most important both for the actual number of its speakers, as well as for its historical prevalence in pre-colonial and colonial times.
The Intensive Quechua Summer Course in Cusco is co-organized between U. Michigan and the Centro Tinku and students have the possibility of receiving U. Michigan credit.