Pukara (Sandia)

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Fortaleza de Trinchera.jpg
The archaeological site of Pukara on top of the mountain
Highest point
Elevation4,200[1] m (13,800 ft)
Coordinates14°23′05″S 69°37′33″W / 14.38472°S 69.62583°W / -14.38472; -69.62583Coordinates: 14°23′05″S 69°37′33″W / 14.38472°S 69.62583°W / -14.38472; -69.62583[2]
Pukara is located in Peru
Location within Peru
Parent rangeAndes

Pukara (Quechua for fortress,[3] hispanicized spelling Pucara) is a mountain in the Andes of Peru, about 4,200-metre (13,800 ft) high, with an archaeological site on top. It is located in the Puno Region, Sandia Province, Patambuco District, southwest of Patambuco. The pre-Inca funerary site is also known as Trinchera (Spanish for trench). The place was declared a National Cultural Heritage by Resolución Directoral Nacional No. 296/INC-2003 by the National Institute of Culture. It consists of tombs, walls, houses, squares and tunnels.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Sandia Province (Puno Region)
  2. ^ "Cerro Pucara". IGM, Peru. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  4. ^ "Sitio arqueológico de Trinchera". mincetur. Retrieved July 25, 2015.