on April 27, 2005
A short drive from Saqsaywaman, just a couple miles outside Cusco, lies Q'enqo, meaning "labyrinth." The significance of Q'enqo radiates from the top of the limestone formation, where there are two carved cylindrical uprights over an egg-shaped pedestal. These are known to be time-measuring tools to determine the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes, with the aim of facilitating agriculture.
Outside of the maze is Sacred Rock, a 6m (19.7 feet) tall rock located over a solid rectangular pedestal that clearly shows it was at one time a great sculpture, probably of an Incan god. However, it was almost completely destroyed by the Spanish when they destroyed everything opposing Christianity. This Sacred Rock lies in an amphitheater-like arena, most likely used to carry out different ceremonies in the presence of Incan idols and mummies that occupied the 19 trapezoidal niches that today are partially destroyed.
The site can most likely be seen by taking one of the many Cusco city tours available through most hotels or tour companies in Cusco. Average price is $10, and they last approximately 4 hours. Hiring a taxi or hiking to it from Cusco are other options. Admission requires the Tourist Ticket, a $20 ticket to gain admittance to 16 historical sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
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