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Enigmatic Kuntur Wasi

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on May 12, 2018 11:35:00 AM


Northern Peru is yet an area of new discoveries as it was a place where several cultures developed and many important architectural, and cultural remains are the highlight for tourism. Among these spots you find Kuntur  Wasi that means "House of the Condor" in Quechua.

Kuntur  Wasi is know for being an archaeological site that belongs to the early pre-Chavin culture. Here there were found funerary remains such as sculptures and jewelry of the ruling elite. It is located in the Northern Mountain Range of Peru, specifically at the headwaters of the Jequetepeque River, in the region of the city of  Cajamarca near the small town of San Pablo. It takes about two hours to reach the place and as it is an uphill climb and you have to walk to reach it. Once you arrive, you will be able to find archaeological remains and ancient monoliths.

Kuntur  Wasi was built on top of a hill known as La Copa, it consists of stepped platforms, quadrangular rooms and ceremonial squares. At the top we can appreciate its vast stone structures and funerary structures, besides the beautiful view from the top. This view will leave you breathless and will leave a good experience.

You can also visit the Kuntur  Wasi site Museum, where you can appreciate the pottery and jewelry of this ancient culture. Its art has a marked influence of the Chavin culture, demonstrated in their gold work and pottery.

Traveling to Northern Peru a will allow you to know another aspect of the cultures that developed there.

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Cajamarca

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