Ñaupa Iglesia

Ñaupa Iglesia, Ollantaytambo

Ñaupa Iglesia
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vjrechel
Lisbon, Portugal8 contributions
Naupa
Oct 2019 • Couples
Small, but special site. Some say it's Incan but others believe it's much older.
Close to Ollantaytambo and worth a visit.
Written October 29, 2019
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BillinMidMO
Chico, CA172 contributions
Sacred site off the beaten path
Oct 2019
We asked our taxi driver from the hotel to take us to this site. He dropped us off and directed down the railway tracks (100 yards) to the steps leading up to this rather amazing location. The steps are not "developed" as at the sites in Ollanta, so take care with loose rock and your footing. The climb is steep but vale la pena. There is a carved altar in the cave entrance where offerings to chakana are made to this day. There were 8 other tourists there at the time we visited in mid morning, and for a time I had the pace to myself. Very powerful experience.
Written October 12, 2019
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violz
Lima, Peru150 contributions
Freaky
May 2019
it was a long walk from Ollantaytambo, i wanted to do, but being over there i could feel something undescritable, im coming back for sure
Written September 6, 2019
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George S
Miami Beach, FL836 contributions
A fascinating site, often overlooked -- A must-see!
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a relatively unknown archeological site often attributed to the Incas but on further inspection probably was a product of some higher civilization whose technology has been lost in history. It is located near the town of Pachar (where currently a road is being constructed which will cut the travel time from Cusco to the Sacred Valley almost in half). You have to walk along the railroad tracks for a kilometer or so and then climb some very steep stairs up a mountainside. Once you get there, the site is a wonder.

It consists of a large portal with a double false door carved or scooped into the side of the mountain . The precision of the carvings with straight 90 degree angles is astounding. There is at the site also a beautiful black basalt rock with three seats or rectangles carved into it - an altar (?), Also carved is a partial Inca cross - simply beautiful. Once again the precision of the angles and workmanship is phenomenal. Certainly this could not be accomplished by the Incas which had only bronze and stone tools. Modern technology would have trouble duplicating these carvings today. This leads one wonder which civilization was responsible for this work.

In any case, this site is often overlooked by tourists. We were the only ones there and felt like Indiana Jones. Though of course Machu Picchu, Olly, Pisac, Moray are more prominent, this site is intellectually fascinating as well. If you are interested in ancient civilizations or lost technology this site is not to be missed!
Written July 4, 2018
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Anita M
Brzezinka, Poland6 contributions
Naupa Iglesia
Mar 2018
Highly recommend place for adventure seekers. High in the mountains, far from to touristic places without tickets- magic place, very little but makes a lot of thoughts what it was in the past.
Written March 7, 2018
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kirstine2013
Albuquerque, NM763 contributions
Truly a pre-Inca treasure
Oct 2017 • Friends
Situated a short drive from the town of Pachar, just outside of Ollantaytambo, this cave like sacred site is certainly worth the climb along the well marked path from the rail tracks. The main beautiful altar was damaged by dynamite in the past but still retains powerful energy where you can balance masculine and feminine energies to experience oneness in the central portal. The portal cut into the wall on the right has 2 levels: one for your physical body to pass through and one for your spirit to pass through. At the back of the cave, is said to be the main portal where spirits pass between the dimensions. Quieting all expectations,helped me to experience their presence. .
Written November 30, 2017
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Amancae
Bangkok, Thailand184 contributions
Impressive herritage site but unprotected and illegally taken over by false shaman and anthropologist
Nov 2017 • Friends
I went there with a group of friends, after reading about the site and seeing photographs of the nicely carved altars used probably for ceremonial purposes linked to the cult of the death. We had trouble to find the site as it was not properly signposted. Basically you have to cross the Pachar bridge, on the left on the road from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo, and continue on the road to Cusco and continue until a bridge where the railroad appear at your right. Walk with due care on the railroad for about 50 ms. And climb the terraces until the cave area uphill which is Naupa iglesia. Unfortunately after all our effort we found a drunk or drugged bunch of foreigners, led by and alleged anthropologist no doubt illegally working as such to take naive tourists there in association with an alleged shaman with a straw dog that attack other people approaching whilst they perform laughable rites of purification whilst sitting cross legged on a beautiful carved niche that possibly was used to set a mummy in the past so wearing and tearing the niche, burning marihuana and other herbs on this unique patrimonial site !!!!! in spite of a nearby warning prohibiting to do all these vandalic acts , not just on the grounds of archaeological preservation but also to prevent wild fires. Moreover, these despicable people had all their belongings spread on the impressive black polished carvings on the altar rock that sits at the entrance of the cave were they kneeled after their rite wearing a jaguar skin -a protected species no doubt illegally killed for their benefit- on their heads to "connect" .....
when we asked them to remove this items to take a photo their foreign leader and the shaman reacted aggressively towards us and refused to let us do so until they finished their rites but since they're were about six and each a took time to do their rites, we had to leave without taking photos. We went to the Police station in Ollantaytambo to tell our experience. Please do the same in case you encounter these people to preserve Ñaupa Iglesia and your right to visit it.
Written November 28, 2017
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George S
Columbia Falls, MT53 contributions
A hidden gem
Sep 2017 • Family
You may need some help finding this, but it is worth the effort. You will not find many incan sites in the sacred valley where you are the only one there. Walk up the steep but short trail to the cave. Really it is just an alcove. There are a couple of modest but nicely placed structures, but the real attraction is a sort of carved altar. Smooth and mysterious and yours to enjoy by yourself.
Written October 13, 2017
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Matt19611
Reading, PA108 contributions
Good half-day adventure
Sep 2017 • Couples
We are staying on the edge of town on Urubamba. We just walked up to the main drag, waived down the first white van (collectivo) I saw and my wife and I squeezed into a 12 passenger van that already had about 18 people in it. Maybe 8 miles later we were at Puente Pachar- the Bridge to Pachar. We mentioned ahead of time that we wanted to stop here, but it's a popular stop anyway. On your way out you hand the driver 2 soles (60 cents).
-cross the bridge
-turn right unless you want to walk through the center of town. Not much to see.
-in 2 blocks the railroad tracks go straight, you turn left to follow the main road
-go as far as you can and the road turns right, over a bridge and over rail tracks. You climb gently for a short while and then back down to meet the tracks at km 59. There is a lone rail car sitting here and you would park around here if you drove up.
-walk along the tracks for maybe 50 yards to the right. You will see the blue sign and terraced walls.
-45 minute walk to the base of the ruins from the bridge
-15 minute scramble up steep steps and switchbacks to the cave/ altar area.
Beautiful views, amazing stone artistry.
We did walk another 1/2 hour up the road to a blue sign marking the location of paintings of llamas and a cross on a stone cliff face across the small river- but they were not particularly impressive.
Written September 1, 2017
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Mandy
Toronto, Canada168 contributions
Mystery Ancient Cave
May 2017 • Family
This site is a 20 minute taxi ride from Ollantaytambo town. The entrance to the hike is by the railroad. It's about half hour to hike to the cave. Some part of the hike is quite steep.
Many unanswered questions about this cave and very less information on this cave. There are 2 inverted V shaped carved rocks, one is the entrance, the other is smaller size at the inner end of the cave.
The location is very remote, we were the only visitors there during the time we visited. It's worth your time to explore and visit this site.
Written May 26, 2017
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