Like Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo and Tambomachay as well, Pukapukara is part of the Boleto Turístico even though it is the only one of these archaeological sites that does not have a proper checking-point post.

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Pukapukara: a Fortress?

You will hear that Pukapukara means in Quechua “red fortress”. But was Pukapukara really a fortress?

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A view of Pukapukara taken from Tambomachay. Cantuta flowers in front.

In fact, Pukapukara is located on the corner of a hill overlooking both Tambomachay, which was the temple of water, as well as the entrance from Pisaq in the Sacred Valley. It seems to be really a fortress.

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However, it does not have the impressive and huge boulders like Sacsayhuaman which the Spanish thought it was a fortress too.

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A view of Pukapukara. Upper right, the entrance to Tambomachay.

Archaeologists claim that Pukapukara was used for ceremonial purposes. Without a doubt, it was an important site because it shows finely carved walls and doors.

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The Spanish chronicler Bernabé Cobo, furthermore, wrote that Pukapukara was not only one “huaca” or shrine but in fact three: the main building as well as the adjoining “canchas” or courtyards Sacracancha y Cabracancha.

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How to get to Pukapukara:

You can take a taxi or public transport. Just take the bus or van “Señor del Huerto” at Calle Puputi (it is just one sol).

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On the other hand, this site is included in the City Tour which is offered by all the travel agencies here. Last but not least, and the best way to get there is by hiking the mountains (soon the complete hike).

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