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Puka Pukara, Cusco

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An interesting and atmospheric historical site, Puka Pukara represents a set of Incan military ruins. Still a source of debate, the purpose of the fort was at least partially militarily minded, though an abundance of other features--including baths and plazas--point to the possibility the site contained more than just barracks and weapon stores. Admire the views of the surrounding forest from what is a well-positioned local vantage point, and admire the coloration of the rocks (the name translates as "Red Fortress") used for the walls of the main buildings. Put Puka Pukara into our Cusco trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The highest point in altitude on our city tour of Cusco, and it was an amazing view. Used as a watch tower and fort, it was cool to be able to see at a distance and to see the agriculture sites around...  more »
  • We visited this site as part of a 5-stop bus tour to Lake Titicaca from Cusco. It was very, very interesting. Also has a small market with some different items than others we had been at and the price...  more »
  • One can see this sight from the road and it is quite nice. After viewing other larger sights, this sight is good, but is over shadowed by the other sights.  more »
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  • This archeological site offer magnificent views of the valley. Such a nature place we also seen shepherd herding the sheeps
  • It was a nice place. You should visit it.
  • Puka Pukara is a site of military ruins in Peru situated in the Cusco Region, Cusco Province, Cusco District, near Cusco.
  • Where: Cusco, Peru What: Puca Pucara, archeological site How was it: This is a beautiful place offering great views of the mountains. We were very tired from our overnight flight and not used to the altitude yet. Needless to say, we didn't have the necessary strength to visit the entire place but we appreciated the beauty. You can visit this site as part of the city tour, along with Qenko and Tombomachay. Consider the city tour if you are short for time. We forget if they had guides at the entrance. You can pay for guides at the other main sights (like Machu Picchu, Saksaywaman and Pisac), but it will get repetitive and expensive. Our thoughts shared with you ! ;-) Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yes, it's part of the 'boleto touristico' and a nice place to check out ! Really nice city views
  • Was it a fortress, or a hostel for messengers and merchants? Mystical place