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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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