Piquillaqta archeological park is located 33 km from Cusco (southeast). It belongs to Oropesa, Lucre and Andahuaylillas districts.
It was one of the most important Wari (or Huari) administrative centers. Between 6th and 9th century. It represents the excellence on urban planning. Some experts affirm that it vas valid up to Inca time, there is no evidence that confirms this however.
The vestiges in Piquillicta give the idea that it was well urban planned according to the classic Huari concept with an almost perfect and harmonious geometrical plan. The buildings, courts and squares are basic rectangular shaped.
The buildings are made of non carved stones with mortar that are organized into separated groups by straight streets and surrounded by walls (almost 12m high) that gave it an appearance of fort.
It has 700 buildings, 200 courts, 508 stores or Colcas (others consider them houses) among other buildings. Most of walls are covered by plaster and some of them are painted with anthropomorphic shapes. There is evidence that some of the buildings hat 2 or 3 floors. You can tell that they were well developed in many aspects. It is estimated that a 10 thousand people population.
A walled sector on the northwest is highlighted with 508 circular enclosures almost identical, each of them was 4 square meters big and with only one access that were supposed to be barns or colcas. Another hypothesis (by Mac Ewan) says that they were temporary houses for the army or workers.
Visit schedule: from 7:00 to 18:00.
Fee: Adult: S/6.00 Student: S/3.00