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Q’enqo - Ruin Cusco - Peru

The intriguing temple and amphitheater ruins of Q'enqo are situated about a 20-minute walk from Sacsayhuamán, east of the giant white statue of Christ. These ruins derive their name from the Quechua word meaning "zig-zag," a reference to the series of perfectly carved channels adorning the upper western edge of the temple's stone. In ancient times these channels probably flowed with chichi, sacrificial llama blood used by priests during annual fertility festivals and solstice and equinox celebrations. In addition to the channels, the complex of Q'enqo sports a series of intricately carved designs, including steps, seats, geometric reliefs, pumas and condors. The hollowed-out limestone outcropping which comprises the main altar emphasizes the importance of the Rock Cult in Inca cosmological beliefs, and similar rock carvings can be found throughout the surrounding foothills. The complex also offers visitors the opportunity to explore the series of caves and tunnels beneath the rock. If you're up for a walk, you can also access the ruins of Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay from here.


near Sacsayhuamán ruins

Cusco, Peru


Getting There

Follow the signs posted on the main road from Sacsayhuamán.

Price Description:

Entry with the�Cusco Tourist Ticket.

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, Puca Pucara, Salapunco, Tambo Machay, Sacsayhuamán and Pikillacta and Rumicolca.

23 Mar 2012

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