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Archaeological Centers

The Inca construction technique was completely different to anything found elsewhere in the world, making it unique in its various archaeological sites. Large stones, some more than a hundred tons, were hauled from the quarries over 60 kilometers for construction. The orientation of the doors and windows, are as well as spectacular construction are just some of the details that will appreciate in this journey through these archaeological sites.

Qorikancha

Also called Qorichancha or Coricancha, it is the most splendid architectural monument of the whole empire made with medium and large stone pieces assembled to perfection. Currently on the basis of this complex there is the church and convent of Santo Domingo, in the Plaza Santo Domingo.

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Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is one of the most imposing architectural complex built in Inca times, located north of the main square of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman was built between the XIV and XV centuries. The work lasted more than five decades and required the work of 20 000 men that joined together in the form of tribute (mita).

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Q’enqo

Q'enqo is a group of two archeological sites near each other, which are based on huge limestone outcrops. "Q'enqo", which means crooked maze, is located very close to the archeological complex of Sacsayhuaman. To reach Q'enqo, one can take any City Tour (Pull) of any travel agency (almost all of them offer this service)

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Tambomachay

Tanpumach'ay or Tambomachay, lies at the foot of Cebollahuayq'o, whose hills that squeeze it are visible from the city. This archeological complex would have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and to the regeneration of the earth.

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Puka pukara

Puka Pukara is an archeological complex that is situated ona huge rocky area with an area of 5600m2. Its name means Red Fortress, the name was placed in the present century.The archeological remains of Puka Pukara are located at the top of the road to Pisac, about 7 km from the city of Cusco. The traditional information indicate that when the Inca was preparing to visit the Baths of Tambomachay, the formidable cohort of soldiers, dancers and others stayed in Pukapukara Quarter and Inn.

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