Ancahuasi, Quillarumiyoc or the Temple of the Moon

The Moon has always had a privileged place in many cultures and a predominant role in myths, art and even calendars. Most of the time it is associated with magic, knowledge, femininity, fertility and, therefore, life.

For the Incas, who represented it as a disk and sometimes as a silver semicircle, Mama Quilla is sister and woman of the Sun, deity of the Pachamama and responsible, in some way, for the crops and life that comes out of the Earth.

About 50 kilometers before reaching Cusco, in the South Interoceanic, you enter the pampas of Anta, the great barn of the Navel of the World, where Zurite is located with the longest andenería of Peru, and the accesses to the Sacred Valley to through Huarocondo and the Huaypo lagoon. Quillarumiyoc.

Its name comes from several Quechua words whose meaning comes to be: the place of the Moon’s rock. In the upper part of Ancahuasi, about 2 kilometers along a good track on the main road, is this huge archaeological center formed by terraces, water channels, platforms, cultivation areas and a place for rituals, in the middle there is a huge rock that has a unique rock engraving in the Andes: a semicircular carving, in the form of a throne, dedicated to Quilla, the moon goddess.

Quillarumiyoc is an archeological site not well known. Visitors come to this place to make offerings to the earth and the moon. This site offers beautiful views of the pampas, surrounded by colorful flowers and queñua trees. But above all it gives you the opportunity to arrive to a place full of symbolism, where the moon worship is born.

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