Wiraqucha (Cusco)

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Wiraqucha is located in Peru
Highest point
Elevation3,600 m (11,800 ft)
Coordinates13°40′10″S 71°38′40″W / 13.66944°S 71.64444°W / -13.66944; -71.64444Coordinates: 13°40′10″S 71°38′40″W / 13.66944°S 71.64444°W / -13.66944; -71.64444
LocationPeru, Cusco Region
Parent rangeAndes

Wiraqucha (Quechua wira fat, qucha lake, wiraqucha or Wiraqucha mister, sir, gentleman / god / one of the greatest Andean divinities (Wiraqucha) / the eighth emperor of the Tawantinsuyu (Wiraqucha Inka),[1] also spelled Wiracocha) or Wiraquchan[2] (-n is a suffix, Hispanicized Huirajochan) is a mountain in the Andes of Peru, about 3,600 metres (11,811 ft) high.[3] It is situated in the Cusco Region, Quispicanchi Province, in the districts Andahuaylillas, Huaro and Urcos, south-east of the higher mountain named Quri and north-west of Huaro (Waru). The Willkanuta River flows along the mountain. The lake Quyllur Urmana lies at its feet.

On top of Wiraqucha there is a pair of rocks which resemble two toads, one of them looking at "Apu" Ausangate and the other one looking at "Apu" Pachatusan. This pair, known as Wak'a Los Sapos de Wiraqucha (Spanish los sapos de the toads of), has been considered a wak'a by the local people.[4]


  1. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary), p. 136 (see wiraqucha) and p. 209 (see wiracocha)
  2. ^ "South America Maps". Joint Operations Graphic. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  3. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Quispicanchi Province 1 (Cusco Region) (unnamed)
  4. ^ mincetur.gob.pe "Huaca Los Sapos de Wiracocha" (in Spanish), retrieved on February 18, 2014