Chinchay Suyu

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Chinchasuyu was the northwestern provincial region of the Tawantin Suyu, or Inca Empire. The most populous suyu (or Quarter, the largest division of the Inca Empire), Chinchaysuyu encompassed the former lands of the Chimú empire and much of the northern Andes. At its largest extent, the suyu extended through much of modern Ecuador and just into modern Colombia.[1] Along with Antisuyu, it was part of the Hanan Suyukuna or "Upper Quarters" of the empire.[2][3]

The name is due to the Chincha culture, which was a trader kingdom in what is now the Ica Region. Chinchay in Quechua means jaguar and also means the cardinal point North.


The four suyus of the Inca empire. Chinchaysuyu appears in red.

Each suyu was divided into wamani, or provinces. Chinchaysuyu included the wamani of:

See also


  1. D’Altroy, Terence N. (2005). The Incas. Blackwell Publishing: Malden, p. 86-87
  2. D’Altroy, Terence N. (2005). The Incas. Blackwell Publishing: Malden, p. 42-43, 86-89
  3. Steward, Julian H. & Faron, Louis, C. (1959). Native Peoples of South America. McGraw-Hill: New York, p. 185-192

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