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“amazing site”
Review of Piquillacta

Piquillacta
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US$153.00*
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Half-Day Tour of Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas from Cusco
Ranked #23 of 169 things to do in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sorocaba, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“amazing site”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If i told you you wouldn't believe, but this city had roofs above the streets! It was such an advanced city, well organized, clean and very developed. You walk a lot there but at the entrance there is a house where you csn go to the bathroom. There is also a small museum there with a dinosaur skeleton! Worth a visit!!!!

Visited November 2013
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“Excellent for a quick hour or two diversion.”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Piquillacta is an unfinished walled ceremonial complex built by the Wari people (Pre-Inca) from approx. the year 550 to 1100.

You'll typically be alone, or nearly alone here -- it is a tad "off the beaten path", but it is a great stopping point if you're travelling south to the Titicaca region. Nice views of the nearby lake. Good spot for a picnic, too. Usually a few trinket vendors in the parking lot, who are easy to bargain with.

Recommended for virtually everybody.

Your multi-visit Cusco card gets you in.

Rick and Linda.

Visited September 2013
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Northbrook, Illinois
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“Secluded brilliance”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

The site is thought to have been a Wari palace, possibly surrounded by living quarters for the palace’s employment or for the performance of religious rituals. The site is incredible in that it was built on a rolling highland landscape yet from an aerial view it appears to be perfectly grid-like and geometric.
Pikillacta is also special in that the buildings had multiple floors as gathered by excavators from the fallen second floors and rock protrusions on the walls that would have been used to hold up said floor. The walls and floors were originally cloaked in gypsum, some of which can still be viewed today.
We took a bus from Cusco to just outside of the site (one must pay attention because the site is remarkably unmarked). We walked up over a hill and to the site's entrance building which houses some interesting panels on pre-Incan excavations as well as a fabulous fossil. These were some of my favorite ruins in all of Peru!!!

Visited March 2013
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Cusco, Peru
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“Excellent Pre-Inca Site”
Reviewed 16 December 2012

This seldom visited pre-Inca site is just past Tipon and well worth the visit if you are going in that direction, this ancient walled city is interesting and a pleasure to wander. I especially enjoy walking the outer wall, kind of a miniature version on the Great Wall in China

Visited November 2012
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Cusco, Peru
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“Excellent Pre-Inca Site”
Reviewed 16 December 2012

This seldom visited pre-Inca site is just past Tipon and well worth the visit if you are going in that direction, this ancient walled city is interesting and a pleasure to wander. I especially enjoy walking the outer wall, kind of a miniature version on the Great Wall in China

Visited November 2012
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