Puka Pukara
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This was our final stop in the tour. We were pretty exhausted, and opted not to go all the way out to the Fort. We took pictures from a little distance away. It did not look like a long hike, and we had good views from where our van was parked.

From what we could see, it looked like a Military Fort in ruins. Some walls were still strong and standing, and we could see terraces and stairs. The paths were maintained well for tourists.

The place was not a stand-out, compared to what we had seen al afternoon long. But we were still glad to have been in the vicinity.
Written 22 September 2023
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Laura A
Toronto, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Puka Pukara is an intriguing Inca archaeological site in Peru, known for its defensive structures and red stone architecture. Although smaller than some other sites, it offers a unique historical perspective and scenic views, making it a worthwhile stop for those exploring the Cusco region.
Written 4 September 2023
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Ectoplasm Fantasia
Birmingham, UK2,693 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Nice to overlook but not stand out in the area with so many wonders.

Liked the fact there was lots of grass as well as stones.
Written 19 August 2023
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Aslam
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is another stop that is worth a few minutes, since it is right next to Tambomachay and near Q'enco It's a cool fortress-style ruin, though nothing like Sacsayhuaman down the hill. The surrounding scenery from the ruin is quite nice as well.
Written 27 January 2023
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The complex is quite small but very interesting and well preserved. You can arrive with public transport from Cusco City Center. Take the white bus called "Cristo Blanco" that costs 2 soles.
Written 11 April 2022
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After wandering for a while around Cuzco's Centro Historico I'd decided to take a little walk to the ruins I've spotted two days earlier, on my way from Pisac. Weather was just fine, so I thought that little stroll outside of the town and away of its crowds would be good idea. Puka Pukara is one of many Inca sites scattered around countryside outside of Cuzco. Fortress was built on the top of the small hill near Tambomachay, about 8 km to the north of Cuzco, probably in times of Pachacutec i.e. somewhere between 1438 and 1471. The name of the site comes from the colour of the material it was built of; puka = red, pukara = fortress, which, in time of it construction was red, but faded away with passage of time To be honest, there's not much left of the fortress apart from curtain walls and humble remains of few buildings and something that looks like small shrine or sacred site. That's all what survived the fall of Inca Empire. What is the real attraction of this place is its location, as from the hillock it was built on, there is a beautiful view at nearby mountain ranges and valley below them. Like I mentioned before, me, and handful other tourist I'd met on my way to fhe fortress, we'd just took a stroll to the place, but I've noticed on my way from Puka Pukara to Q'enqo, that sightseeing buses from Cuzco were stopping there. I'd also seen some minibuses from local tour agencies going to and fro. And from little conversation with locals I'd learned that it is possible to book a horse ride with a guide around Inca sites.
Written 30 March 2020
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OldIrishCurmudgeon
Yarmouth, ME1,021 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The best thing about this site is the location. Beautiful views of the mountains in all directions. The site itself was fair, it’s mostly just small walls and foundations. I wouldn’t make a special trip up just for this.
Written 10 March 2020
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albertsebastian
Melbourne, Australia244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Day trip around the Sacred Valley, you can't miss this set of ruins on the trek. Great to see the architecture and surrounds.
Written 30 November 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This archaeological site is a fortress in a strategic location, dominating the surrounding territory and protecting the main road entering Cusco. The strategic location indicates a military function and its use as a customs house for controlling entry into the Inca’s imperial capital. Great views down the valley. Admission is included on your Boleto Touristo
Written 19 October 2019
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland825 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
These ruins are located near Tambomachi and can be easily accessed from there. They are not exceptional, but if you are in the region, why not stop by!
Written 3 October 2019
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