THE INCA QUARRIES THROUGHOUT CUSCO
The Inca ancestors had an unknown amount of information for working with stones, as well as quarries in Cusco. And the inca quarry trails towards these important areas boast hidden treasures that you might not find in other places.
The inca quarrying and stone cutting were the most outstanding features of the ancient architects, who were part of the wiser inhabitants throughout Tawantinsuyo.
By the way, Natourandes has the best inca quarry trail to machu picchu and now you will know more about the most impressive inca quarries in Cusco.
Get ready to know the best inca quarries throughout Cusco!
1. RUMICOLCA QUARRY:
It is located near the ruins of pikillaqta, has a predominance of andesite rock, which was used since pre-Inca times. This was the main quarry for the construction of religious shrines in the great Cusco city.
You will have the chance to appreciate it when you will be part of our rainbow mountain full day tour!
2. PISAQ QUARRY:
It is located in the district of the same name; there is a predominance of andesite rock with which the archaeological center of Pisaq was built and you could appreciate it through the sacred valley tour or the Machupicchu family tour.
3. MACHUPICCHU QUARRY:
This inca quarry is located inside the Historical Santuary of Machupicchu; it has a predominance of granite rock and it is part of Vilcabamba Batholith. Actually this quarry is within the following quarries: Sallacmarca, Intipata, Palcay, Paucarcancha, among others.
You will visit it through our destinations to Cusco!
4. HUACOTO QUARRY:
It is located in the district of San Jeronimo and its stones were used to build the cobblestones of the main square as well as the temple of Qoricancha (temple of the sun); it boasts andesite rocks and was used since pre-Inca times.
In addition, this quarry was the starting point of the trail to Pachatusan, a sacred mountain that you will appreciate when you will be in the car ride of the rainbow mountain full day tour.
5. HUCHUYQOSQO QUARRY:
This inca quarry is located in front of Calca city, where there is a predominance of andesite rock and also red porphyry. In the lower part of the quarry, you will visit the construction of the archaeological center that has the same name if you book our Small Cusco over the Mountains to Machupicchu.
6. CACHICCATA QUARRY:
This stunning quarry boasts the most beautiful landscapes of the sacred valley of the incas and is located in Ollantaytambo (one of the best towns for tourism in the world). Here, there are andesite and pink granite stones. Meanwhile, the trail to this inca quarry will head you to the sun gate of Ollantaytambo too.
By the way, you can count on our inca quarry trail to machu picchu for improving your traveling experience in Peru.
7. CHEQUEREC QUARRY:
This quarry is located on the road that heads to Urubamba and inside Chinchero district. Andesite stones predominates in many parts of the Chinchero plateau. Therefore, you will have the possibility to see a part of the inca quarry through our sacred valley tour.
8. RACCHI QUARRY:
It is located in the town of Oropesa, and was one of the most important inca quarry to build some interesting inca and pre-inca settlements that exist along the southern valley of Cusco. By the way, our car ride towards rainbow mountain full day tour cross by Oropesa town where you can buy famous Chuta bread as well.
9. MESARUMIYOC QUARRY:
This Inca quarry is located in the highlands of Urquilllos, and there is a predominance of andesite rock, which was used since the Inca period to embellish the palaces throughout the ancient capital of the sacred valley of the Incas, Yucay.
This small town and its ancient quarry are on the road of the sacred valley tour!
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