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Inkilltambo is an impressive archaeological site along the Qhapaq Ñan. It is an original Inca road system. The Incas used travelled on this trail from Cusco to Pisac. It is a beautiful off the beaten track hike that most travellers are still not aware of. In Quechua it means Inka’s Prision.
The archaeological complex sits further down from Sacsayhuaman and the Moon Temple. The route offers pristine views of Cusco city and some typical flora and fauna. Inkilltambo is complemented by a series of rectangular enclosures, platforms and channels from the pre-Hispanic era.
Viracocha, the renowned Incan emperor built this. Later Pachacutec, the emperor who built Machu Picchu and Choquequirao did the restructuring work in order to intensify religious ideology. It is a ceremonial site consisting of large stones with various cavities that are connected to each other through underground passages.
In Inkilltambo there are sectors with different uses: the first is the agricultural sector, it houses farming terraces. The upper part of the complex houses a ceremonial centre, storage places and some other structures whose purpose is not clear yet.
Although the complex is smaller when compared to Pisac or other Inca sites around Cusco, it boasts an impressive stone work of Incas. Thanks to the recent archaeological investigations, this abandoned site is now gradually getting attention.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be leaving from Cusco at 0800 AM. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to the starting point of the trek. It is at Kusilluchayoc. It is a temple dedicated to monkeys.
After a brief visit here, we will hike to the temple of the Moon. It is named after the equinoxes. The moon illuminates the main altar through a small hole in the ceiling of this cave. We will give you a guided tour here.
From here it is an hours’ hike to Inkillatambo. It is located in the section of Qhapaq Ñan, which in Quechua means “the Great Inca Trail”. Along the hike, we will be crossing may eucalyptus plantations.
Upon reaching the archaeological complex our guide will walk you through the main sections of the complex and explain the significance of each to Inca empire. We will then stop for lunch. After lunch we will continue the tour.
Later, we will hike towards Kallachaka Bridge, where you will be able to see the remains of the old colonial ovens.
After the full day hike, we will return to Cusco. We will be reaching by 0500 PM.
A fun filled day trek. We never heard of this place, a fellow traveller introduced this to us. We signed up for the day trek with Encuentros and it was undoubtedly the best thing we did. It was just outstanding from start to end.