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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Feb 2020
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.
Written March 30, 2020
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,794 contributions
Mar 2022
The complex is quite small but very interesting and well preserved. You can arrive with public transport from Cusco City Center. Take the white bus called "Cristo Blanco" that costs 2 soles.
Written April 11, 2022
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phebert
London, UK860 contributions
Built of red mud bricks these extensive pre-Incan ruins are an interesting contrast to all the Incan stone ruins in the area. Definitely worth a visit. In our opinion more interesting that some of the other sites nearer to Cuzco.
Written January 23, 2008
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OldIrishCurmudgeon
Yarmouth, ME1,017 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
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.
Written March 10, 2020
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msague
Miami162 contributions
Sep 2019
If you don’t have much time in the Cusco region, I would skip Puka Pukara. It’s interesting but there are better places to see
Written September 14, 2019
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Robert M
97 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Something for everyone at this small roadside restaurant. Attentive waiter who called the owner when he saw that we were struggling with the menu. As good a ceviche as I have ever had. Highly recommend. And there will be a menu in English next time so don’t worry. Plenty of choices including sushi, rolls, pasta and more. Go for it
Written August 6, 2018
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Joanne H
London, UK613 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
I visited Puka Pukara as part of a morning visiting all four ruins near Cusco, but sadly it was raining so the spectacular location was rather diminished. It's a fairly small site with lovely views over the valley and worth stopping by if you're also going to Tambomachay.

To get there independently, a bus to Pisac or Calca from Tullumayo (just south of Av Garcilazo) will drop you at Tambomachay; it cost me S/. 2. It's then easy to walk down along the road to the other ruins; about an hour's brisk walk to Sacsayhuaman.
Written October 10, 2016
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Janet C
Morristown, NJ189 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Puka Pukara, also known as the Red Fortress, is a site of military ruins in Peru situated about 4 to 5 miles from Cusco. The fort is located on high ground overlooking the Cusco valley with views of the surrounding jungle and ruins. It is made of large walls, terraces, and staircases and was used as part of the defense of Cusco and the Inca Empire in general. The name probably comes from the red color of the rocks at dusk due to the iron and limestone they contain. It was not just a military facility, but also thought to be a resting point for travelers, as well as Incan nobles because it had separate rooms, luxurious baths, plazas and fountains.

Unlike the usual precision Incan stonework of the time, the stones used to build most of the walls have irregular shapes and are stacked together in a functional but not very attractive manner. It may have been built in a rush for defense purposes.

Wear good hiking/walking shoes and be prepared for uneven terrain as you make your way up and down the long, steep hills.
Written July 22, 2015
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monaHungary
Piliscsaba, Hungary961 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
We have visited this site on our way travelling from Urubamba to Cusco combined with other attractions in the area such as the Animal Sanctuary Cochahuasi, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.
I was not impressed by this place however it is worth a few minutes stop if you are in the neighbourhood. It is included in Boleto Turistico.
Written June 20, 2014
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davidgoldberg1
Toronto, Canada468 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
One of the smaller ruined sites near Cusco. It is situated in Sacsayhuaman Natonial Park, is named for the reddish colour of its precinct, and offers splendid views towards the city itself. Despite its size, it contains many representative types of Inca buildings, although on a smaller scale. For example if you nose around, you can see small living chambers, warehouses, observation platforms, walls and the ruined core of a fortress that may have actually been a summer palace for members of the Royal Inca Family. Evidence of water transportation in the form of aqueducts is also present. Not a “Must”, but it has its own rewards, especially views of distant glaciers if you are lucky.
Written September 13, 2013
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