A New Cultural Heritage Site in Cusco


Inca ruins are declared a new Cultural Heritage Site in the district of Acos, department of Cusco, Peru.

How many impressive Inca and pre-Inca constructions have yet to be declared Cultural Heritage Sites by the Peruvian Government?  After a site like Waqrapukara (pictured in the cover photo)  is declared as such, one has to wonder what’s taking so long to include these on the list of protected zones.

Located in the district of Acos in the department of Cusco, Waqrapukara is carved into and built upon the slopes of a hillside with an overlooking view of the grand Apurimac River.  Only recently did the Ministry of Culture declare it as an official Cultural Heritage Site.

La Republica reports that there are 2 groups of buildings; the first is located in the upper part of a mass of rocks jutting out from the hill while the other is made up of 2 enclosures on the west side of the hill.  The latter of these is thought to have been for ceremonial use only.

The foundations of the site are actually Pre-Inca, dating back to the Q’anchi culture.  The Inca constructions came later under the reign of Huayna Capac.

Conservation of the ruin is an immediate and long term priority for the municipal governments now that it has been given proper recognition as a Cultural Heritage Site.



Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.