Maukallacta and domed chullpas Maukallacta Attraction

Maukallacta and domed chullpas

Located at 3360 meters above sea level on the banks of the Apurimac River, in the district of Qoporaque, province of Espinar, department of Cusco, Mawk’allaqta, it is one of the impressive little known archeological sites.

His man, translated from Quechua, means Old Town. The citadel is composed of approximately 200 enclosures scattered in four sectors. These pre-Hispanic buildings are mostly stone and mud buildings, which have circular and rectangular shapes between 4 and 6 m.

In its main square stands a Chullpa that possibly protected the mummies of its rulers. The chullpas, which have Q’olla architectural patterns, show a remarkable architecture with perfectly assembled stones. One of them is 3.5 m high and has a well-crafted domed dome.

These buildings have a base that is smaller than their upper part; All these characteristics show that its architecture had a great influence of highland cultures, which is why it is believed that it was the settlement of Qollas, who populated the area before the Inka expansion.

Some researchers believe that this town had the name of Hanqoqhahua and consider it archeologically divided into five sectors: an esplanade, “pampa square”, the “Yoraq Torreyoq” area, the “Pukara”, the “Pukara Khepa”, and the Aqotambo

The Chullpas are constructions made of stone and mud, mostly circular, between 4-6 meters high and 8 m in diameter. this are considered funerary enclosures, they also exist in the area of Puno.

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