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For the archaeological site in the Puno Region, Peru, see Q'inq'u.
Monoliths at Q'inqu
Q'inqu is located in Peru
Shown within Peru
Location Peru, Cusco Region, Cusco Province
Region Andes
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 Sanctuary

Q'inqu (Quechua for "zig-zag",[1] hispanicized spellings Ccenco, Quenco, also Kenko, Qenko, Q'enko, Qenqo) is an archaeological site in the Sacred Valley of Peru located in the Cusco Region, Cusco Province, Cusco District,[2] 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.[2]

It is one of the largest wak'as (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many wak'as were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.[3]


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  1. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe, Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, Quechua – Castellano, Castellano – Quechua (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  2. ^ a b mincetur.gob.pe "Sitio arqueológico de Qenko", retrieved on January 24, 2014
  3. ^ Incas: lords of gold and glory. New York: Time-Life Books. 1992. p. 143. ISBN 0-8094-9870-7. 

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