Visit Apukunaq Tianan, the Abode of the Gods in Cusco
Apukunaq Tianan also known as the Abode of the Gods has become popular thanks to the lots of photographs that were shared on many social media networks in which huge carved Gods appeared. What are they called? We are referring to the Apukunaq Tianan, located in Cusco.
We have prepared some detailed information on what they are and how to get there. Let’s start!
Where is Apukunaq Tianan exactly?
Apukunaq Tianan is located 13 Km from Plaza de Armas of Cusco, near Tica Tica Arc, in a neighborhood called Huayna Corcor, in the Sencca town, district of Poroy in Cusco.
Apukunaq Tianan is at an altitude of 3450 masl
Apukunaq Tianan origin:
Apukunaq Tianan comes from a cusquenian’s attempt to portray mythological Incan gods as stone sculptures. The Abode home of the gods shows a group of sculptures of Pachamama, water, cosmos, deities, runa (mankind), among others.
During the work, some traditional and important rituals took place. They were performed in order to show respect to the deities.
Legends and myths of the Abode of the Gods:
When people arrive in the Abode of the Gods, they are fascinated by the height of the sculptures, some of which are 10 meters high. Even more impressive is learning that this marvelous work is handmade.
Some myths arose to explain how these masterpieces were done. Local people said that mythical creatures appeared in the scene to request a portrayal of them would be made. These creatures are known as mukis or elves. So there is a promise made that soon sculptures will be made in their honor.
Why should you visit Apunaq Tianan?
Apunaq Tianan is the perfect place to visit with your family and friends or just by yourself. Once you get to the top, you could observe the wonderful Cusco, its astonishing mountains, and clear sky. The perfect combination to reflect on life or how everything is in its right place.
What can you find in the Abode of the Gods?
You will find many stone sculptures that portray Incan Gods.
- Three-dimensional door
- Apu Guardian
What method was used to built these stone sculptures?
Since Inca times, local people have practiced different forms of collective working that benefit the Ayllu or families. This working method is called Ayni, which means means “today for you, tomorrow for me”.
To built the Apukunaq Tianan, the Ayni took place. Ayni refers to either the concept of reciprocity or mutualism among people of the Andean mountain communities. Ayni is a form of private reciprocity, when someone calls for help and will repay by doing a similar work. Public forms of reciprocity are faena, which are public work days called by the leaders of the community, and mita, meaning “turn” and implies taking turns at serving another.
What is the best season to visit Apunaq Tianan?
Cusco has two distinct seasons: dry and rainy.
The dry season: From May to October
The weather during this period is predominantly dry especially in June, July and August. Days are bright and sunny with a temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) while nights are much colder sometimes with a low temperature of 0 °C (32 °F).
The rainy season: From November to April
During this time Cusco receives a greater amount of rainfall. Average daytime temperatures are higher than the dry season at 18 °C (64 °F) while night temperatures can be as cold as 9 °C (48 °F).
So we can conclude that the best season to visit the Abode of the Gods is during the dry season since there is less rain and the roads are safer.
How to get to The Abode of the Gods?
Truth is that it isn’t difficult to get to this place. You have to take the Santiago Express buses and get to their last stop.
Once there, you have two options. You can either walk or take a private transportation. If you decide to walk, it will take you 30 minutes approximately to get to Apuknaq Tianan. In case you opt for the private transportation, it will take less time. The cost is 5 soles approximately.
On the other hand, there are tourist agencies that include Apukunaq Tianan as part of their tours. This is also an excellent option since you won’t have to worry about anything. The tourist agency will be in charge of everything. Just make sure they do.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen to prevent from sun damage.
- Bring your passport or any personal ID.
- Always carry some cash with you (You will see some convenience stores near the scultures)
- Drink water to keep hydrated.
- Buy dried fruit like peanuts, almonds, raisins, etc.
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho. Nights can be cold.
- Have a camera with you.
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