Huchuy Qosqo

The archeological center of Huchuy Qosqo, is located in the north of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the immediate vicinity of the province of Calca, district of Cusco.

This archaeological complex is one of the most important in the Urubamba valley due to its architectural level, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. The ruins are impressive, although the conservation of the site is inferior to that of the other two because their constructions are older.

The complex includes platforms, courtyards, esplanades, squares, pedestrian path and buildings of different magnitude and quality.

One of the main attractions of Huchuy Qosqo, is a three-story building or levels; The first two are made with finely carved stone and the third level is made of adobe and although it has been lacking a roof for a long time, it is so resistant that it has been standing for more than 500 years.

In Huchuy Qosqo, you can also see traces of an advanced hydraulic system where the water was directed by carved stone channels, perfectly assembled together.

The construction of the enclosures is anti-seismic, the windows have a trapezoidal shape, the buildings keep distance from each other so that alleyways or transit space are formed between them.

Huchuy Qosqo is a wonderful place, where you can contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, its terraces made in a staggered way respect the slope of the mountains that support them. You can also find a very wide square and a large Inca gate through which a path that leads from Tambomachay passes.

As there is no vehicular access to Huchuy Qosqo, it is rarely visited by tourists. To get to the complex it is necessary to take a walk.
There are two possible ways to access Huchuy Qosqo, the first is a walk from the city of Cusco and Tambomachay on the Inca trail; the other is going up from the Sacred Valley of the Incas after crossing the Vilcanota River.

Huchuy Qosqo is a reflection of the respect of the Inca culture towards nature, since they have built without altering or damaging it, achieving a perfect harmony and unity.

Archaeological Sites