Archaeological Park of Pisac

Description

The National Archaeological Park of Pisac is constituted by clusters of archaeological remains among which stand platforms, aqueducts, roads associated with walls and covers, channeled waterways, cemeteries, bridges, etc. The extension covered by this group is 4 square kilometers. On this area are the ruins occupying the hills, they are presented forming groups of complicated arrangement, while in others you can see isolated constructions of the other groups.

Location

Pisac Park is located 33 km away east of the city of Cusco. It can be reached by an agency on a tour of the entire Sacred Valley. You can also use the public transport that goes to Urubamba that leaves every 15 minutes, you must get off at the bridge and from there you must head towards the back of the temple of Pisac in a walk of about an hour.

ATTRACTIONS

  • Acchapata Platform Group
  • Only 200 meters up from the town square of Pisac stands a beautiful set of platforms. This group is made up of 40 platforms forming a kind of triangle with a vertex down, that is, the smallest platform is the first one that the visitor can see when he begins to ascend.

  • Torreons or Pucaras
  • In the citadel of Pisac we can count more than a score of towers and they are of two types: The interior towers and the watchtower towers; The former are conical enclosures associated with construction water channels with well-carved and assembled parts, these look like pulpits attached to the mountain. The watchtower towers are beautiful elevations, with a conical tendency, they are not enclosures, their texture is solid and their interior compact mass plus their portion is flat surface. The most important in its location is Qoriwayrachina.

  • Intiwatana neighborhood
  • It is the central neighborhood, headquarters of temples and palaces, with greater architectural quality, greater beauty in its walls, the enclosures are larger in relation to those of other neighborhoods. It has 3 levels to gain aesthetics and comfort, modulated the buildings directed towards the main valley. In this place we can find: The central enclosure, the Intiwatana, the altar carved in volcanic gap, clusters of liturgical fountains, alleyways and courtyards.

  • Tianayuc neighborhood
  • It is known as Tianayuc which translates “that has a seat” since in the inner courtyard there is a kind of sofa for two people, with backrest and elbow pads made of stone. This neighborhood is small, with rooms whose doors overlook a central courtyard, plus an almost destroyed tower that dominates much of the K’itamayu gorge.

  • K’allaQ’asa neighborhood
  • It is the largest of the districts of the Inca city of Pisac, built on the top of the mountain the highest altitude of all the enclosures, its enclosures move on a plane inclined downward towards the North. It has many rooms, steep slopes, turrets, a short tunnel of 3 meters in length; This neighborhood has impressive ravines on its sides.

  • Pisaq’a neighborhood
  • It is on the Chongo Gorge, two hundred meters away from the Intiwatana neighborhood and at a lower height. This neighborhood was built by lowering the original floor level to modulate a plain. The plan of this neighborhood is semicircular obeying the shape of the mountain, this set consists of 23 enclosures built with amazing order.

  • KanchisRagay QanchisRaqay
  • This neighborhood has many buildings, the houses are made of medium and small stones, the plan of the complex is inclined that reaches the slope where the Chongo Creek is. The whole neighborhood is which sentry controlling the north-eastern side of the city of Pisac.

    SCHEDULE

    The Entry Schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.



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