Once again the region of Cusco surprises us with a new wonder in its territory, the wonders that this region possesses are incalculable since it was the cradle of the vast and majestic Inca Empire, what we have left is to delight our view, to be amazed at the great architectural ingenuity of the Incas and of course take care of these wonders.
Waqrapukara comes from the quechua waqra ‘horn’, pukara ‘fortress’,’ horn-shaped fortress, but there is an observation to this interpretation by the locals who indicate that the fortress has no horns, but that they are “the ears of a flame ”adducing that she is always alert to what is happening around her, therefore, they call her“ Llamapukara ”.
It is an archaeological site located in the district of Acos, province of Acomayo, department of Cusco, located near the Apurimac River at 4 300 m.a.s.l. probably built by the Qanchis and then conquered by the Incas. It was declared in July 2017 as Cultural Heritage of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture.
The curves on the carved stone terraces seem to hold the Waqra, which resembles a double-billed crown. In the middle of it, there is a natural cave with Inca intervention and a small window that overlooks the abyss, which also allows a magnificent view of the night sky, populated with constellations, planets and stars of enormous value in the Inca worldview.
It is at the top of a huge forest-covered gorge that crowns the chasms that overlook the Apurimac River canyon, the archaeological monument is surrounded by impressive platforms, squares and a forest of stones that resemble thrones, with giant characters contemplating the Andean landscape.
Waqrapukara is made up of two groups of buildings:
The first group is located in the upper part, in the middle of a rocky spur, where you can see two groups of enclosures that are separated by a large central space.
It is admirable how the rock formations were integrated, as part of the whole, walls having been built on the edge of the precipice. Apparently, due to their architectural characteristics, they would correspond to buildings of eminently ceremonial use.
The second group is located in the lower part and consists of 8 platforms of approximately 150 meters long and a height of 1.80 meters that adapt to the topography of the land; in the west end it presents two enclosures with openings of double jamb, niches and fine rigging.
An area for camps near the archaeological monument is implemented.
The best known road begins in the town of Huayek, about 3,300 meters above sea level. It is from here that a long ascent walk begins to Waqrapukara, it is not an easy ascent, but very important to verify that an ancient Inca trail is followed and in addition, you can see the cave paintings of “llamajpinta”.