What is Apukunaq Tiana?
Apukunaq Tiana, in Spanish «The abode of the Gods», is a beautiful artistic ensemble of giant sculptures carved in calcareous rock. A beautiful place that brings together many This fantastic place was created by the Cusco sculptor Michel Monteagudo with the aim of revaluing the identity of the Andean culture. Do not miss the opportunity to meet him on a half day tour in Cusco.
Where is the Abode of the Gods?
The APukunaq Tiana is located 13 kilometers from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, by the Arco de Tica Tica, in an area called Huayna Corcor, in the town of Sencca, district of Poroy in the city of Cusco.
The Apukunaq Tiana is at 3450 meters above sea level.
How was the Apukunaq Tiana born?
The Apukunaq Tiana, was born thanks to a Cusco project in which it was proposed to keep alive the tradition of stone carving. This dwelling shows its visitors a set of representative sculptures of the Pachamama, the water, the cosmos, the deities, the rune (man), among others.
During its elaboration some traditional and important rituals were carried out in order to show respect for the deities, also some legends and myths were born that help with the curiosity of knowing this interesting place.
What was the procedure for doing that job?
Since the time of the Incas, the Cusco settlers have practiced different methods of inter-family collective work, whose objective was to benefit the ayllu. This working method is currently being practiced in various provinces of the Cusco region.
For the construction of the Apukunaq Tiana, the Ayni method is applied, a family reciprocal work system among the members of the ayllu, destined to agricultural work and house construction. In simple words, it is something like that, I give you this now and you give it back to me when I need it.
Thanks to the practice of Ayni, we can now see great results achieved by our ancestors.
Why is it recommended to visit the Apunaq Tiana?
The Apunaq Tiana, is the perfect place to spend a family day, with friends, with the boyfriend (a) or with ourselves, because once we are at the top, we will be able to observe, part of the city adorned with beautiful green hills, with an incredible blue sky, decorated with white clouds, which make this a perfect place to think and reflect.
The myth of the Apunaq Tiana:
People came and faced each other with these sculptures of approximately 10 meters high, they are really impressed, with such a work of art made by the hand of man. And as is natural for us, human beings ask themselves questions that are answered thanks to contact with nature.
It should be noted that this construction was made in virgin land and that during this construction some of the people who worked, point out that the mystical beings called and known as mukis or elves, made their appearance and also claimed to be part of this new tourist attraction in the Cusco. Therefore, it is pending to carry out some representative works of the owners of this virgin land located near the well-known Arch of Titica Tica, we refer once again to the Mukis or elves.
What can we see in the Abode of the Gods?
We can observe several sculptures carved in stones, most of them are representations of the Gods and representative characters for the Inca culture.
- The puma: Sacred animal of the Inca period that was part of the Andean trilogy.
- The three-dimensional door: Appreciated when reaching said attraction.
- The protector Apu: supreme God and creator of the universe.
- The viewpoint: from here the panoramic view is beautiful and you can appreciate the wide landscape that surrounds it.
We start the ATV tour in Cusco Peru with the pick up from the hotel, then we do not go to the town of Tica Tica until we reach the Sencca sector, the duration of the journey is 25 minutes. Once there, we begin a 5-minute safety briefing and 10-minute training with the ATVs, when the passengers are ready we will start the adventure.
The ATV tour in Cusco Peru lasts 45 minutes until we reach the Abode of the Gods, once we arrive we will begin with a visit of approximately 30 minutes in this place we will be able to appreciate the various hand-made sculptures, appreciating the natural landscape and taking photos At the end of the visit we will return to the camp to board our transport and return to the city of Cusco. Leaving them on Calle Shapy one block from the main square.
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- 11:00 am.
- 1:00 pm.
- 3:00 pm.
- Altitude: 3,882 m / 12,736.22 ft
- Distance: 13 km / 8 miles.
- Difficulty level: Easy
- Places to visit on this tour: Abode of the Gods, beautiful landscapes
- Modality: Adventure, cultural and ecological
- Duration: 3 hours
- Degree of difficulty: Easy,
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Periods: All year round, recommended April – November
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
- Tourist transport
- Professional guide English – Spanish
- Safety equipment (helmet and gloves)
- First aid kit.
Does not include:
- Entrance to the Abode of the Gods S / 5.00
What to bring for ATV adventures on wheels in Cusco?
- Passport or identity document (valid).
- Small backpack (bottle of water, snacks and more).
- Extra cash (Soles) to buy souvenirs (optional).
- Trekking Shoes or Sneakers.
- Light, warm clothing, gloves, scarf, jacket / jacket.
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho if your visit is between the months of October to March.
- Sun hat.
- Sunscreen (SPF 35+).
- Camera and camcorder with extra batteries.
- Not recommended for people with heart problems
- Transportation by mini van
- Transport capacity of 15 to 20 people (capacity 50%)
- Tour provided in shared mode service
- Young people from 12 years old
- Not recommended for people older than 60 years
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the best season to visit the Apunaq Tiana?
As we know, Cusco has two well-marked seasons during the year, the rainy season that covers the months of November to March and the dry season, between the months of April to October.
In that understanding, the best season to reach the Abode of the Gods is during the dry season, because the presence of rains is less and we can enjoy a good climate in Cusco.
What is the level of difficulty of the ATV tour in Cusco Peru?
The level of difficulty of the tour is EASY and it is also a highly recommended half day tour for all types of tourists.
For whom is ATV adventures on wheels in Cusco oriented?
All people who are suitable to ride an ATV can participate, however, there are some cases in which we recommend that they consider taking the tour:
- Not recommended for participants with back problems.
- Not recommended for participants with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
- Not recommended for pregnant women.
Can children participate?
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old. Also, we recommend that children must be accompanied by an adult.
What is the best season to do ATV adventures on wheels in Cusco?
The best season to carry out this activity is in the Dry Season, between the months of April – October, because in the rainy season this wonder is not appreciated in all its splendor because it is covered with clouds, in addition to being a changing weather.
How to get to the Apunaq Tiana?
The truth is, it is not difficult to get to this place, the first thing you should do is:
Take the Santiago Express Transport Company from anywhere in the city center, and you will get off at the end of the company.
Once you have reached the end of the transport company, you will have two options, Walk or hire the private mobility service. In the event that reaching Apuknaq Tiana on foot will take you approximately 30 minutes, on the road and if you decide to get to the place in a mobility, the time will logically be less, the transfer price is approximately 5 soles per person.
On the other hand, I can tell you that there are Tourist Agencies that have included the guided visit to Apukunaq Tiana in their packages, this option would also be good, because in many cases you no longer worry about paying the entrance fee, food, and even less staying with the doubt certain information, since you can count on a guide who will help you at all times.