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Monoliths at Qenko
Qenko is located in Peru
Shown within Peru
Alternate name Kenko, Q'enqo, Quenco
Location  Peru
Coordinates 13°30′38″S 71°58′18″W / 13.51056°S 71.97167°W / -13.51056; -71.97167Coordinates: 13°30′38″S 71°58′18″W / 13.51056°S 71.97167°W / -13.51056; -71.97167
Type Temple
Periods Late Horizon
Cultures Inca

Qenko,[1][2][3][4][5] Kenko,[6][7][8][9][10] Q'enqo[8] or Quenco[11] (all from Quechua for "zig-zag")[12] is an archaeological site in the Sacred Valley of Peru located in the Cusco Region, Cusco Province, Cusco District,[3] about 6 km north east of Cusco. The site was declared a Cultural Heritage (Patrimonio Cultural) of the Cusco Region by the National Institute of Culture.[3]

It is one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations, it was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.[10]


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  1. ^ Legault, Alain (1999). Peru. Ulysses Travel Guides. p. 196. ISBN 9782894641224. 
  2. ^ Yogerst, Joe; Mellin, Maribeth (1999). Traveler's Companion Peru. Globe Pequot Press. p. 134. ISBN 9780762703609. 
  3. ^ a b c "SITIO ARQUELÓGICO DE QENKO" (in Spanish). MINCETUR. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Maryanne (2008). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru. Penguin. p. 165. ISBN 9780756650667. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dilwyn (2003). The Rough Guide to Peru. Rough Guides. p. 138. ISBN 9781843530749. 
  6. ^ Sarmiento de Gamboa, Pedro; Bauer, Brian S.; Smith, Vania (2007). The History of the Incas. University of Texas Press. pp. 155, 233. ISBN 9780292714854. 
  7. ^ Gauldie, Robin (2006). Peru. New Holland Publishers. p. 55. ISBN 9781845373887. 
  8. ^ a b Christie, Jessica Joyce (2015). Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops. Lexington Books. pp. 62, 69. ISBN 9780739194898. 
  9. ^ Dean, Carolyn J. (2010). A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822393174. 
  10. ^ a b Incas: lords of gold and glory. New York: Time-Life Books. 1992. p. 143. ISBN 0-8094-9870-7. 
  11. ^ Peru 1:100 000, Cusco (28-s). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú). 
  12. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe, Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, Quechua – Castellano, Castellano – Quechua (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)

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