Seven must-see attractions for tourists visiting Paucartambo, Cusco

Paucartambo, one of the thirteen provinces in the Cusco Region, is more than Cusco’s capital of folklore and goes beyond the Virgen del Carmen Festivity; it has a wide range of attractions.

Foreign and domestic tourists can enjoy a tourist circuit and explore natural landscapes and old pre-Inca, Inca and colonial remains while in there.

Tres Cruces de Oro (Three Golden Crosses). It is a natural balcony in Akhanaku, an access control to the Manu National Park, located 35 km from Paucartambo about 3,739 meters above sea level. Such geographic location offers a perfect view of an impressive sunrise, making it unique in the world.

Puente Carlos III (Charles III Bridge) is an impressive lime-and-pebble colonial bridge, an architectural jewel of Paucartambo built over the river Mapacho in 1775 under the order of Charles III, King of Spain. It is a resistant structure that took some five years to complete.

Temple of Paucartambo. The colonial-style temple of Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) houses Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which portrays the beauty of the time, an imposing stone doorway with a rounded arch flanked by two pilasters that hold a chapel open with balustrades.

Chullpas de Ninamarca. The chullpas are pre-Inca architecture tombs located on the verge of the Cusco-Paucartambo road, about 3,600 meters above sea level. The round shaped structures were built with irregular polyhedra and clay mortar. They also feature overhanging roof eaves. There are about 17 “chullpas” in the Ninamarca area.

Watoqto Archaeological Complex. Monument of Inca architecture located 100 km from the Cusco-Paucartambo road, about 2.930 meters above sea level. It is accessed through a colossal door and visitors are able to see structures of a great rectangle shaped temple with trapezoidal niches.

Caicay Temple. It is a beautiful colonial-style complex and bell tower located 31 km from Cusco city. In the inside, there are beautiful works of art, such as high altar, retablos, imagery, Cusco School canvases, among other things that’s sure to dazzle visitors.

Kosñipata Petroglyphs. Kosñipata is a district of Paucartambo; vestiges of the Inca Trail and its respective channels are found there. It houses petroglyphs depicting human figures, animals and unknown signs, which are scattered all over the area. Adventure tourists often enjoy these carvings.

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