We spend our final day walking around Cusco…
We spend our final day in Cusco walking around…
With our full boleto turistico, we spend the morning visiting Cusco public museums, which we didn’t find so great…. (you can find more about these on the first post about Cusco, here). We walk up then to the sites located around Cusco, up on the hills.
We then spend our afternoon at two different sites : Q’enqo and Saqsayhuaman.
Saqsaywaman is a very impressive site when you think about what i twas looking like in the past. Indeed
It used to be a military fortress but as well an important center for religious ceremonies.This is there that most of the fights happened when the conquistadors took control of Cusco.
On the middle of the site is a large plazza surrounded by three massive terrace walls. They are 6 meters high and up to 400 meters long… The largest block of stone weights around 200 Tonnes… So impressive…. Basically they are left here because they couldn’t be moved by the conquistadors.. Too heavy..
It took 77 years to built it (from 1431 to 1508) under Tupac Yupank and Wayna Qhapaq. But it didn’t take long to the conquistadors to destroy it as it was used as a quarry to build Cusco cathedral, probably most of the 12 other Cusco churches, temple and conquistadors’ new houses.
This site used to have a 40 meters high tower which hasn’t survived the spanish too.
The second site, Q’enqo which is located 10 min walking away from Saqsaywaman was a religious site mainly used for mummification preparation and sacrifice.
It has a semi-circular shape and a lot of tunnels connecting different places. It has as well an « holly » rock on its middle which got damaged by the conquistadors in their attempt to impose their religion and view upon the Inca civilisation
A few pictures below of Q’enqo:
Our journey in the most famous place of Peru is now over. We will reach after a night in the bus the white city called Arequipa.
Blog you soon,