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Paucarcancha Archaeological Center

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The Paucarcancha archaeological center is one of the many sites that has the Inca Trail trekking, has beautiful landscapes, agricultural terraces and is located in the upper part of and curiously these archaeological sites still retain their architecture, certainly worth a visit.

In this article we will know its location, what things you can see and do and what tour you should hire to get to know this place and be amazed with everything you can see.

Before we start about what we have to see and do we should know a little of the history of this beautiful place. Paucarcancha is one of the archaeological complexes that you will see when trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu..

According to the researchers, this archaeological complex was built with the purpose of being urban and administrative control, because from this site they watched all those who passed through the Qhapac Ñan. The constructions adopted the ovoid shape with eleven agricultural terraces, we will also find a ceremonial enclosure and its walls were so high that you could see the whole panorama.

As you know almost all archaeological sites were built for religious purposes and this would be no exception, as it is known that the inhabitants of that time worshiped their deities such as the sun, the moon and the snow-capped mountains.

What to see and do in Paucarcancha?

  • Set of platforms: You will be able to see 11 agricultural platforms that were built for many years during Inca times.
  • There are two empty sites and these could have functioned as patios and the Inca courts.
  • Its niches have a trapezoidal shape, a traditional Inca construction.
  • The houses are built around the courtyards.

Where is Paucarcancha located?

It is located in the district of Ollantaytambo, exactly in the village of Qhesca with an altitude of 3,133 m, to get to this place you must additionally walk about 2 km and there are few who usually reach this place, as it is an additional time and physical strength.

  • Route to Paucarcancha

As I said before, to reach this point you need a little more physical strength because from Huayllabamba we have to follow the Cusichaca River, the landscape is valley so it is covered with flora and the climate is humid tropical (valley), as you arrive you will find thighs, orchids, ferns, etc..

Finally, every tourist site you find on the Inca Trail is a religious construction and are built mostly in the highlands, this and many more things you can see, because the Inca Trail is one of the best experiences you will take if you love the trekking.

Tours that include Paucarcancha in Terandes.com

  • 4-day Inca Trail: With this tour you can visit several archaeological sites before reaching the citadel of Machu Picchu.

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