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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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  • for "non-believers, not very sensitive to "gross" archaeology where it takes a lot of imagination to project, the site is "a big pile of pebbles". Nevertheless, the history of the place, told by a private guide, is interesting. Few tourists on the site.
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  • Temple deep inside a huge rock formation with a carved sacrificial alter. They say constructed so the sun lights the place in the morning at noon and then at sun set so best if visit on a sunny day ( ...  more »
  • Q'enqo is located 4 km from Cusco and at one 3,580 meters above sea level with an area of 3500 m2, is one of the most important archaeological attractions of Cusco. It is believed that the Incas gods such as the sun, the moon, the mountains and the earth were worshipped there. Even today there are many mysteries surrounding this place. Q'enqo means "labyrinth" due to the underground galleries under its stone structures. This name was put by the Spaniards after the conquest. In the same style as the Roman amphitheatres, the Incas built a 55-meter semicircular platform in Q'enqo. In the middle is a huge stone block 6 ms high and irregularly shaped erected in a rectangular block. In this place is the passage that leads to the underground galleries. Although it is popularly known as an amphitheatre, its objective is still uncertain. The destruction caused during the conquest does not allow us to appreciate the true majesty of the site. The Incas made human sacrifices called "capacocha". Q'enqo believes that there was a room called the "Room of Sacrifices". Such was the saccharine of the Spaniards that he has lost all his magnificence. Admission is included in the Tourist Ticket of Cusco.
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  • This is a nice area to walk around. If you don't want to pay 70 soles, there is a free area a little bit down the road. Also, about 20 minutes walk from here is the Temple of the Moon. That area is also beautiful and peaceful with mountains in the background. Check these places out on foot for a good walk.
  • We had wonderful time better understanding the history of the Inca and their rituals mummifying , worshiping and sacrificing as part of their sacred rites
  • Incredible ruins were Inca people used to sacrifice animals
  • Beautiful, don’t go without visiting Qenko Chico as well
  • Very interesting site! We went with a guide who told us lots of information. We enjoyed it and thought it was great! I recommend a visit if you can get there!
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