Construction on this structure began in the second half of the 15th century by order of the ruling Pachacutec Inca but had ... More
Construction on this structure began in the second half of the 15th century by order of the ruling Pachacutec Inca but had not yet been completed upon the arrival of the Spaniards. A magnificent sample of Inca architecture, it has enormous walls of granite block forming three immense superimposed terraces in a zigzag pattern. It served religious, administrative and possibly military purposes. Its proximity to Cusco and the size of its stones (some five meters tall and weighing more than 300 tons) led to its use as a quarry for the construction of colonial Cusco. The annual June Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) takes place here.
We did this our first day. This is a nice, easy thing to do if you're worn out from traveling. Some of the other places have a LOT of walking and climbing. It was really neat to see some of the designs in the rocks-- some of the boulders were arranged within the walls to represent snakes or eagles. It's amazing to stand in that place and think about how centuries ago, Incan people were living and breathing and working in that exact same spot, that those ruins were crafted by their very hands.
This is a very impressive archaeology site just up the hill from Cusco. The polygonal cyclopian style of stone masonry is only found in Cusco and at Machu Pichu. Great views looking down on Cusco. The plazas and tile roofs.
Gallery, museum and auditorium, this is one of the principal cultural centers of Cusco. It was originally constructed in the
16th century over the Amaru Cancha ("House of the Serpent", the animal which symbolizes knowledge.) It was rebuilt after ...
Maky ("Mano" in Quechua) has one business location where the owners sell reproductions of pre Inca ceramics. They specialize in
artwork of the cultures from the coast of Perú like Pachacamac, Chinakana and the Chankay from the North. They ...
About two and a half hours by car from Cusco, this Inca town has maintained the integrity of its design.
Next to the plaza Hanan Huacaypata, there are 15 blocks with large houses built upon Inca fields of wrought ...