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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. For Q'enqo and beyond, use our Cusco trip builder to get the most from your Cusco vacation.
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  • Place where mummies were preparing for his funeral ceremony, keeps the mystery of those rituals, astonished, while in the case of a warm day, the ceremonial stone keeps a temperature very cold which helped in the preservation of the bodies until the end of the ritual
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  • This is a small inca archaeological site, is very close to the city of Cusco and is traversed in a short time.
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  • Is a small temple but quite unusual architecture for what you see in Peru, in a stone cave. Once again the incas surprising in constructive refinement.
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  • 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.
  • Make sure and have a knowledgeable guide for these ruins to experience it best. When I visited, the street vendors had great prices.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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