The abode of the gods also known as Apukunaq Tianan del Cusco is a complex of stone sculptures recently carved by a Cusco artisan Michel de Titan Monteagudo Mejía. Many of these sculptures have a height of 4 to 8 meters. This modern and wonderful attraction is dedicated to the gods of the Inca culture and other cultures such as The Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Puma, the Andean man. Currently, it is a fashionable tourist attraction, especially for national tourists and the visit of foreign tourists is also gaining strength. This visit is a magical journey to the most representative symbols and characters of the Inca culture. In addition, you can go on your own even if you take public transport or ride a bicycle.
Location and Distance
Apukunaq Tianan is located just 8 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco at 3850 meters above sea level; in the Poroy district, just 40 minutes by public transport and 20 minutes by taxi from the historic center of the city of Cusco.
How to get to the abode of the Gods
To get to these attractions you have two options which we will describe
1 Self Employed
This is the most economical option and the first thing you have to do is take public transport from the Expreso Santiago company which you can board three blocks from the main square of Cusco to be more precise at the Puente Rosario bus stop that is located in front of the Koricancha temple. The bus trip will take about 30 minutes to reach the final location, the cost of the service is 1 sol, then you will have to take a collective taxi or if you prefer you can walk since it is only a 500-meter stretch. Upon arrival, you will have to pay the entrance ticket that costs 10 soles for adults and 5 soles for children.
2 Hiring a Tour
If you don’t have a lot of time and want to visit the abode of the gods, a good option is to hire the service of an agency that will organize transportation, guidance and entrance tickets.
Upon entering you will have a well-signposted circuit so you can visit all the stone carvings. You will visit the following attractions:
The puma.- In the time of the Incas this animal was revered, they considered it as a symbol of the earthly world, also called kaypacha.
The Pachamama.- For the Incas and for the Andean world, the Pachamama refers to Mother Earth, which is a source of food and therefore is life for the flora and fauna, that is why through rituals she is thanked for the food that she provides.
The three-dimensional door.- This work represents two worlds: the world of the living (kaypacha) with the world of the dead (ukupacha). since before she died, a ceremony was performed and they prepared to enter the other world.
The Andean man.- According to the Inca worldview, the man was created by the sun god, and this sculpture was created to represent this mythology.
The man of the jungle.- Although the Incas did not manage to conquer the deep plain of the jungle. Even so, the trade between Incas and jungle settlers was constant. especially with the coca leaf since this is one of the most required and revered plants since it has an infinity of qualities.
Best season to visit this attraction
To visit the abode of the gods, it is advisable to travel during the dry season, which is between the months of April to November, so you will not have any problems with the bad weather of the rainy season.