This compact site not far from Cusco offers fine views over the city, most dramatically in the early evening. It was then that we made our visit, illuminated by the dying embers of the sun. Just time enough to appreciate the outdoor highlights that include an amphitheatre with carved seats, and a pedestal with a huge stone closely resembling a puma, one of the Inca Gods. Much of the ground is taken up with aggregations of stones and bricks locked together to form small recessed rooms that are believed to have been used to store maize, but the greatest thrill was to descend into a long passageway under the rocks using a lamp to show the way. Here you can see hollowed structures thought to have been used for sacrifice and mummification, as well as channels through which the blood was drawn off. It does not take too long to get around and offers a great deal for the time spent on the visit.
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