The least significant of the ruins outside Cusco, Puca Pucara (7 a.m.–6 p.m. daily), meaning “red fort” in Quechua, was probably not a fort at all but rather a storage facility or an Inca tambo, or lodge. Perhaps when the Inca emperor came to visit the baths of Tambomachay, his court waited here.
There are several chambers below and a platform on top with excellent views. The distance between Puca Pucara and Q’enqo is six kilometers along the road.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition