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Puka Pukara

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Puka Pukara

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Visit Machu Picchu by train on a full-day trip from Cusco that takes the hassle out of exploring the spectacular Inca site. Pre-booking a tour ensures you have a ticket for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where daily visitor numbers are capped, and you explore the sprawling site with a guide. When booking, choose from a variety of train options, from budget-friendly to more modern.
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Rafal W wrote a review Mar 2020
Skoki, Poland1343 contributions71 helpful votes
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After wandering for a while around Cuzco's Centro Historico I'd decided to take a little walk to the ruins I've spotted two days earlier, on my way from Pisac. Weather was just fine, so I thought that little stroll outside of the town and away of its crowds would be good idea. Puka Pukara is one of many Inca sites scattered around countryside outside of Cuzco. Fortress was built on the top of the small hill near Tambomachay, about 8 km to the north of Cuzco, probably in times of Pachacutec i.e. somewhere between 1438 and 1471. The name of the site comes from the colour of the material it was built of; puka = red, pukara = fortress, which, in time of it construction was red, but faded away with passage of time To be honest, there's not much left of the fortress apart from curtain walls and humble remains of few buildings and something that looks like small shrine or sacred site. That's all what survived the fall of Inca Empire. What is the real attraction of this place is its location, as from the hillock it was built on, there is a beautiful view at nearby mountain ranges and valley below them. Like I mentioned before, me, and handful other tourist I'd met on my way to fhe fortress, we'd just took a stroll to the place, but I've noticed on my way from Puka Pukara to Q'enqo, that sightseeing buses from Cuzco were stopping there. I'd also seen some minibuses from local tour agencies going to and fro. And from little conversation with locals I'd learned that it is possible to book a horse ride with a guide around Inca sites.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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OldIrishCurmudgeon wrote a review Mar 2020
Yarmouth, Maine1015 contributions48 helpful votes
The best thing about this site is the location. Beautiful views of the mountains in all directions. The site itself was fair, it’s mostly just small walls and foundations. I wouldn’t make a special trip up just for this.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Stephany wrote a review Feb 2020
Guadalajara, Mexico6 contributions
Our guide Carlos from the agency Bioandean Expeditions On the route from Cuzco to Puno, our bus tour group stopped in Pukara. Our guide Carlos from the Bioandean Expeditions agency took us to this enthusiastic terrace pyramid that is a bit difficult. But with explanation, history comes back to life. There is even a tunnel that can be taken to get some sense of life around the pyramid. It is very dark, short and narrow, so mobility or claustrophobic weak heart have no business there. But I liked it. The rock-shaped bottom puma needs some imagination to do, but it is supposed to be the reason why the temple was built there, in veneration of the animal relic. Good for an hour to visit with a good guide. The city museum is worth a little time if you have a guide, otherwise, the written explanations are relatively weak.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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albertsebastian wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne, Australia245 contributions152 helpful votes
Day trip around the Sacred Valley, you can't miss this set of ruins on the trek. Great to see the architecture and surrounds.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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KatielouAustralia wrote a review Oct 2019
Hobart, Australia1522 contributions523 helpful votes
This archaeological site is a fortress in a strategic location, dominating the surrounding territory and protecting the main road entering Cusco. The strategic location indicates a military function and its use as a customs house for controlling entry into the Inca’s imperial capital. Great views down the valley. Admission is included on your Boleto Touristo
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Date of experience: October 2019
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