Puerto Inca
Puerto Inca is about 15 Km north of Chala by road, but there is an easy path that takes a short-cut through the desert. A taxi will charge about S/15 (US$4.00) to take you all the way to Puerto Inca, or you can take a colectivo from the Paradero to Caleta for S/2.00 (US$0.75). Tell the driver you are looking for el camino a Puerto Inca. The path begins at Caleta, but the first part is steep and uninteresting. With a little persuasion (and perhaps an extra Sole) the driver will take you to the top of the hill where the path crosses the road and levels out.
This is an interesting walk through a rugged and desolate landscape, which ultimately leads to the ruins of Quebrada de la Waca and the
Hotel Puerto Inka. It will take about 20 minutes to get to the ruins if you walk steadily and don't get lost. If you do get lost it's easy to maintain your orientation by following the contours of the coast and the path an overhead telephone line that leads to the Hotel. There are many interesting distractions along the way - steep gullies and strange rock formations, cliffs overlooking the surf pounding against rocky islets, piles of sea shells and animal bones, etc. You may even find Inca tombs desecrated by huaqueros, with bones and textiles scattered about. And at the end of the trail there are semi-excavated ruinas that you can wander through and Archaeology students that you can talk with about them. And, of course, there is cold beer and excellent ceviche at the Hotel - as well as a beach, swimming pool, and other forms of entertainment.
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Hotel Puerto Inka and the Beach
Stone Cottages, Playground, and Pool at Hotel Puerto Inka
Mas Cerveza, Por Favor
The Trail to Puerto Inca (Printer-Friendly Version)
A Buzzard Looking Down on the Ruinas of Puerto Inca
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Los Ruinas De La Quebrada De La Waca
From a forgotten website
Puerto Inka is the most important archeological site of the Peruvian Coast between Nazca (Peru) and Copiapo (Chile), it is a pre-inka culture settlement also called The Archeological Complex “Quebrada de la Vaca”. This culture settled down on the sea shore in a beautiful bay Known as “Puerto Inka” (Inca Handbook). The people here were living mainly from the collection of sea food, because this bay is very rich in marine life and sea weed (cochallullo). The collected products were selected and dried in natural driers to be later transported to Cusco on a very well marked inka road which exists between Cusco and Puerto Inka; this road almost runs in a straight line and is the shortest distance between Cusco and the Peruvian Coast.

Tradition tells us that this place was preferred by the inka who came from Cusco with his concubine (colla), while visiting different parts of the empire, to a rest the inka used to come with high dignitaries of his court and “Mitmas” who celebrated rites to the sun, their God. Because of this we can find places here like “the Inka Chair” and some ceremonial platforms where animal and human sacrifices were made. There can also be found tombs where collective burials were done. The still existing Inca trail was a very important road in the Inca time. Through this road the different parts of the “Tahuantinsuyo” received sea food, sea weed (rich in iodine) and other agricultural coastal products; the towns on the coast have also received different products from the mountains and the jungle.

The constructions here were made with shaped-stones and joined with a special mud made of calc, sea shells and sand; it’s almost as hard as concrete. They have built corridors, rooms and “patios The circular constructions above the surface are surprising and are known as “Chullpas”, which are located inside and outside of the constructions. There are also subterranean deposits from 1.5 to –2 meters- deep and from 1 to 1.20 meters in diameter, with stone walls and stairs. To select, clean and dry the seafood they used the “Secadero” which is a distribution of 16 constructions from one side to the other with walls and roofs of stone in front of a wide and enclosed patio
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