Qenqo

Qenqo, etymologically means Labyrinth or Zigag. It is believed that its name is due to the small channels carved with a zigzagging line that can be observed in its rocks and for its function of serving as a channel for the blood to flow from the sacrifices of the flames.

For many archaeologists, it would have been a ceremonial center and place of ritual significance since it has an amphitheater with 19 niches and has a labyrinth-shaped access to the underground galleries.

It is one of the rocky outcrops considered by ancient tradition as extensions or visible elements of the interiors of the earth.

Qenqo, located near Sacsayhuaman, 4 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco, is easily distinguished by the mysterious characteristics that the alarifes conferred on it.

You can see on the rocks of their buildings, signs with symbolic content such as the stepped sign, in which the three horizontal lines represent space and the two vertical, time.

The first step was related to the world in which we live and in which it is possible to transcend, the vertical line being the one that warns about the time needed to know the second step or the inner world that is the space-time in which you go Of dreams or death is the channel of communication between man and the divinities that dwell in the cosmos. The third step symbolizes the infinite or God.

The visit to the archeological site of Qenqo can be done by hiring the City Tour offered by any tour operator. Otherwise it can be accessed independently, taking a means of transport (taxi or bus) or walking for an average of 50 minutes from the city of Cusco.

Archaeological Sites in Cusco