Photographer's Note

Raqch'i is an Inca archaeological site in Peru located in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, San Pedro District, near the populated place Raqch'i. It is 3480 meters above sea level and 110 kilometers from the city of Cuzco.
It also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, one of its constituents. Both lie along the Willkanuta River.
The Inka site at Raqch'i was a primary control point on a road system that originated in Cusco and expanded as the Inka empire grew.
It is located in a valley known for sacred sites. Most of the Inka structures are enclosed by a 4 km-long perimeter wall, but just outside it, on the Inka road that entered Raqch'i from Cusco, an enclosure with eight rectangular buildings around a large courtyard was probably a tampu (a lodging house for travellers).
The administrative records from around the same time as the site indicate that this was in all likelihood such a place. The complex of Raqch'i consists of several different areas each designated with a specific function. Some have noted that these buildings may have been for religious and administrative officials. Others speculate that these buildings, paired with the scale of defenses may have been used as barracks to house troops. Nearby are approximately 220 circular buildings, likely used as storehouses, called qullqas. On the nearby hillsides are irrigated terraces which were likely used to keep the qullqas full for those traveling through. Raqch'i also houses a nearby spring and a pool or bath in proximity to the Temple of Wiracocha which could have been used for rituals. It has also been mentioned that because of the dual religious and administrative purposes, that the Sun cult might have held the surrounding lands to keep llamas for sacrifice like a similar site called Mayobamba.

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  • Copyright: federico ce (federico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 524 W: 0 N: 700] (6109)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-12-04
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
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