The site was a military fortress designed to protect the city of Cusco and served as a settlement. Scholars believe it was an Incan administrative center of sorts. There are aqueducts, plazas, baths, fountains, and other signs that reflect its non-military uses.
The Inca Trail also passes right by Puka Pukara. As a result, visitors may have used the site as refuge along the journey.
There are tunnels on site and there is speculation that they once led to the “Incan Spa” of Tambomachay.
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In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.