The lagoon of Urcos Lagoon Attraction

The lagoon of Urcos

Urcos Lagoon, in the province of Quispicanchi, contains the legend that tells how the Inca Huayna Cápac, at the height of his government, ordered to manufacture for his firstborn a gold chain, about 200 long strokes and a thickness of the forearm . Manufactured in one of the goldsmith’s workshops, a “waskja” (from which the name of Huáscar derives), presumably manufactured in the goldsmith’s shop of Batan Orqo. This chain was used by Prince Huáscar both during the baptism or “sutichay” ceremony and during his coronation at the death of the Inca Father Huayna Cápac. The Inca Huáscar came to occupy, in the short time of his reign the Amaru Cancha, current University of Cusco, Chapel of Lourdes and the Temple of the Society of Jesus; in that palace the chain was conserved, in a sacred room that is in the one of the Amarus or snakes. Before this and other temples of the city of Cusco were desecrated, it is assumed that they carried the heavy chain and near Huaro, when they learned of the Spanish invasion and their greed, their demands and thirst of gold, the order to bury the chain was received, which could have been done in the Urcos lagoon.

The lagoon is circular in shape, 400 meters long and greenish blue. It houses a variety of fish among which the carachi and trout stand out, which attracts seagulls. Formerly the area that today occupies the lagoon was a land with slight slopes dedicated to the cultivation of cereals, tubers, counted fruit and ornamental trees. In the lower part of Canincunca there was a small spring that lavished life in orchards and gardens, there is this small church, a chapel to be exact. It rises on the hill and from there you can see beautiful views of the lagoon. She is very modest, but in her interior they emphasize so much her baroque altars, like the mural painting. The main altar is dedicated to the Virgen de la Candelaria. It is surprising that a chapel as small as this one has such a sumptuous decoration. That only contributes to reinforcing the idea that in the past it was a very rich area.

On Sundays a large market congregates in the main square that brings together people from the neighboring provinces. In the center of the square there is a monument dedicated to Tupac Amaru and the rebel caciques, in memory of this is where their domains began.

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