Pikillacta, at present, is one of the most visited archeological sites in Peru. It is considered one of the best preserved pre-Inca cities that exists in the Andean country.
It is located at 3,350 meters above sea level, 30 kilometers from the City of Cusco, south of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The name Pikillacta was granted at the time of the conquest, its original name is unknown, although it is said that it could have been called Muyuna, Muyna or Mohína (meaning, circling).
Inhabited by the Wari culture, the city of Pikillacta is recognized as one of the main urbanizations of ancient Cusco.
In the archaeological complex you can still see buildings that have served as villages located in front of the Wakarpay lagoon.
The Wari possessed a great knowledge of engineering and skill for urban and government planning.
Some of the areas you can visit are:
Qaranqayniyuj, located to the east of the complex, near the Vilcanota River, presents semi-circular buildings. This was the second most populous sector, after the city of Pikillacta.
Choqepucjio, its ruins are part of the most impressive constructions presented by the Archaeological Complex of Pikillacta. The walls that are currently being praised have been part of two- or three-story buildings. Made with stones of regular size and adobe. They are located on the left bank of the Watanay River.
Urpicancha, its attractiveness is the high quality platforms and is located east of the Wakarpay lagoon in the city of Cusco.
Kunturqaqa, an area composed of rocky conglomerates, closes the Wantay Valley. Located west of Pikillacta, it is known for the profile of the rock that is shaped like a condor’s head. In fact its name is translated as Rock of the Condors.
Platforms of Amarupata, set of platforms located on the slopes of the Qosqoqhawarina hill, there are also water channels that are still functioning today.
¿How to get to pikillacta?
We recommend hiring a tour operator from Cusco to be transferred and guided in this extensive archaeological site.
If you want to do the tour on your own, you need to take the buses or combis that go to Oropesa, in this case you need to buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket, which is essential to access the complex. If you do not own the Tourist Ticket, you will not be able to enter, since there are no stalls in the valley.