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Huchuy Qosqo “The Small Cusco”

This archaeological park is one of the most important of the Urubamba valley for its great architecture, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. The archaeological site is impressive, although its conservation is lower than the two others, due to its constructions that are more ancient. The complex includes inca terraces, patios, esplanades, squares, pedestrian paths and buildings of different sizes and quality. From here you can also take beautiful views across the valley, it is possible to see snowy mountain of exuberant beauty like the snowy Pitusiray and to the bottom of this privileged view, the town of Calca.

It is known by the chroniclers that it was the Inca Wiracocha who ordered the construction of the city of Huchuy Qosqo; It is said that in his old age he felt tired and wanted to leave the government and move away from the movement of the empire capital of Tahuantinsuyo (Cusco) and seek peace and tranquility in this place.

Location
Huchuy Qosqo is located in the peasant community of the same name, just less than 5 km from the city of Calca in the department of Cusco, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Exactly on a summit at 570 m. On the basin of the Urubamba river (Vilcanota). The route of Huchuy Qosqo is very beautiful; Touring its trails will allow you to visit some Andean communities, archaeological sites and enjoy beautiful landscapes. Many people visit Huchuy Qosqo on their trip to Machu Picchu.

Altitude
Huchuy Qosqo is located at over 3,550 masl on a small plateau at the top of a mountain.

What to see in Huchuy Qosqo?
The following is a list of what you can see in Huchuy Qosqo; No ticket is required, or pay to enter Huchuy Qosqo.

· A structure of three levels (floors), the first two in the form of regular polyhedra, and the last floor made of adobe. The enclosure is of rectangular form and of enormous architectonic invoice.
· A long rectangular building made of adobe on an eminent platform, this building has a large number of doors facing the valley.
· You will find many other small, scattered enclosures, most of which are in poor condition. Very close to these ruins, you will find an Inca trail oriented to the Cusco Inca trail orientated to Cusco. There are also some small enclosures like outposts and surveillance located on the edge of the cliff, in order to have the largest possible field of visión from the valley.

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