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Qenqo Archeological Site

It is located about 4 km (15 minutes) northeast of the city of Cusco on a paved road. This place of worship is located in what today is known as the Socorro hill and has an area of 3,500 square meters.

To reach Q'enqo can take any City Tour (Pull) of any travel agency (almost all of them offer this service), on foot, it takes 50 minutes from the center of the city of Cusco, in this case initially be done using the route to Sacsayhuaman.


Nowadays, it is the archaeological complex of Q'enqo. These are carved rocks that could not be destroyed by the Spanish, little remains of tracks and aqueducts, and are no longer the sites, deposits or liturgical baths.

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The sets that we described were undoubtedly very important sanctuaries for incas. Despite this complex destruction suffered during the colonial period, it can be seen that once inside the complex, is still colossal.

The Hall Mortuary

It is a subterranean chamber. It was made entirely in a gigantic rock. In the lower portion of the great rock carvings are floor, ceiling, walls, tables, cupboards and vain. It is said that this underground chamber could have been used to embalm people of noble lineage, but It is possible that there may have been human sacrifices and llamas.

Intiwatana and Astronomical Observatory

&Two large cylindrical rocks worked with exceptional technique, are placed vertically on a pedestal almost elliptical. Everything is carved from a single stone block. The use of Intiwatanas ("where the sun is tied") during the Inca Empire is so far an enigma. But presumably, it was kind of astronomical observatory, used to measure time, to establish the seasons, determine the solstices and equinoxes, and as shrine worshiped the Sun, the Moon, Venus and the stars.

The Winding duct

This is a large rock on and near the Intiwatana. The zigzag duct tadpole-shaped channel has a small hole and move son an inclined plane, then forks. According to the historian Victor Angles Cusco, one of them branches leading to circulate the liquid as to the Subterranean Chamber or Chamber of Sacrifices. "Chicha fluid could be consecrated or sacrificed blood of beings (animals and/ or human) for the gods.

The Amphitheatre

This is a huge semi-circular area of 55m. long with 19 incomplete niches distributed along the wall. During Inca`s time this place was a temple for public ceremonies. Ahead of the free area is a large stone block 6 m. high, resting on a solid rectangular pedestal. Niches has spread around the amphitheater as seats, but according to recent research is very likely that actually this niches have been the foundation of a great wall, to show the representation of an entity to which they worshiped.


Hours Monday to Sunday: 7:00 to 18:00
Price: Free admission to the Tourist Ticket

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