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Pikillacta and Rumicolca - Ruin Cusco - Peru

Much of the ancient Inca's organizational expertise and city planning talents originated from the pre-Inca Huari Empire, which dominated the lands of Peru from 500 to 1000 A.D. An interesting example of Huari engineering is Rumicolca, an ancient aqueduct poised on a valley pass on the side of the highway, about 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Cusco. After their rise to power, the Incas converted this ancient water channel into a massive gateway to Cusco. Not far from Rumicolca is Pikillacta, the largest provincial outpost ever built by the Ayacucho-based Huari and one of the only pre-Inca sites of importance near Cusco. Were it not included on the Cusco Tourist Ticket, this 47-hectare, adobe-walled compound might go unnoticed; however, it affords visitors a great opportunity to check out pre-Inca architecture. Though little is known about the site's history, we can tell you that the little turquoise figurines displayed in Cusco’s Museo Inka were discovered here.

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32 kilometers from Cusco


Cusco, Peru

Ruin

Getting There

Price Description:

Entry with the Cusco Tourist Ticket or $7.

Open Hours from:7 a.m.

Open Hours to:5:30 p.m.

Days Closed:none



Here are other activities in and around Cusco that may be of interest: Tipón, Q’enqo, Salapunco, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuamán.








23 Mar 2012







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