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Q'enqo, Cusco

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An important archaeological site, Q'enqo serves as one of the largest holy sites in the Cusco region. The name translates roughly to labyrinth, and that’s an apt way to describe this rock complex dating back to the Incan period. This ancient complex was built by Pachacuti Inka Yupanki, the eighth royal Inca king and the same man responsible for building Machu Picchu. Visit the site to explore the rock complex and learn more about the civilization. See the stone table where these people performed medical experiments and prepared their dead for mummification. To get all the inside information on this civilization and the site, hire a guide to walk the complex with you. To visit Q'enqo and get the most from your holiday in Cusco, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cusco trip planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This was a short stop for us on the way back from Sacsayhuaman. I'm glad this was included as it did show a different perspective on Inca life.It is a short trip and easy to walk thru  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I only recommend it for its proximity to Sacsayhuaman. The most interesting thing is the room inside the rock where you see the perfection of the carved inca. It's pretty boy, but is included in the ticket and really is just a short walk from Sacsayhuaman.
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  • October 2, 2017
    We came to Q'enko as part of our excellent Condor Travel tour that also included Puka Pukara and Sacsayhuaman. Q'enqo was a ritual site that is largely attributed to the Incas although it might pre-da...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    Very short trip through a giant sun-dial cut into a giant rock formation. Cool but very small. Maybe having a guide tell some history would have made it more of an experience. Google estimated 30 minutes and we did it in 10.
  • June 18, 2017
    Make sure and have a knowledgeable guide for these ruins to experience it best. When I visited, the street vendors had great prices.
  • August 5, 2017
    At the entrance of this place there is a massive broken rock that used to be a statue of Puma which got destroyed during Spanish invasion. This location is where Inkas mummified their dead to sacrifice them to Gods. Mummies were put in the windows in the area where the Puma statue used to be. The sacrifices were believed to live forever in afterlife with their forefathers. Inkas never sacrificed living humans.
  • March 13, 2017
    Did this as part of a city tour. Interesting rock maze with an alter in a small cave. Worth going along with the other sites, but kinda small.
  • March 16, 2017
    This is a small, but very interesting place where the most "important" people in the Inkan times were momified. It has a lot of information about their beliefs and understanding of pre, current, and post life concepts.

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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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