On my second day in Peru, I started to visit some of the Inca archaeological sites. Kenko is a site very close to Cusco, with sweeping views yet only 3800 meters above sea level . The site was unearthed in 1934. It was known to be a religious spot for the Incas. It was believed that the construction of Kenko was ordered by Huayna Capac Inca and the site was dedicated to funerals, and other death rituals including sacrifices.
It is also believed that the site was used for calendar making and observing astrology. Kenko is primarily built from Limestone. Stairs led me down into an underground chamber, with zig zagged stone work and an eery feeling overall. I learned that this chamber was specifically used for the sacrifices and rituals the Inca people would make for their God. This was an amazing work of engineering, as is all Inca built structures. The stones fit so perfectly that the construction is totally solid. Inside the chamber it was very cold to touch the stone. Some tourists sat on the 'alter' which unnerved me. At this point I was enthralled and excited to learn more about the mysteries of the Inca people.
Sara Louise Petty