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Puca Pucara

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Cusco, Peru.

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Puca Pucara is within the grounds of the Sacsayhuamán Archaeological Park. One of the smallest sites in the park it's built on top of a rocky hill, and looks like a basic fort with a high stone wall round the outside and rectangular buildings inside – you can see several store rooms and warehouses and there's an aqueduct fed by nearby springs. Experts think it was more likely a storage facility or hunting lodge rather than a proper fort.

Not the most exciting of Cusco's Incan treasures, it does offer beautiful views up to the glacier from the upper floors. It's especially lovely in the evening when the stones of the walls and terraces are turned a shade of pink – which is where the ruins get their name from, it translates to 'Red Fort'.

Written by  Stuart James.

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