Sondor archaeological complex


The Sondor archaeological complex is an archaeological group located in the town of Andahuaylas in the Apurimac region of Peru. This archaeological center belongs to the Chanka culture. We visited it at the beginning of 2021 and it was a fabulous experience, although it is not very visited today, due to the current situation in the world, and due to lack of publicity, it is a good time to get to know places of recreation like this.

What is the archaeological complex of Sondor?

To begin with, what is Sondor ?, well according to Wikipedia: Sondor is a monumental archaeological complex of the Chanca culture, predecessor to the Inca Empire. The Pacucha lagoon is located in the valley, in the central Andes of Peru, 21 kilometers northeast of Andahuaylas. It belongs to the district of Pacucha. Sóndor is 2,000 years old BC. They attended Sóndor on key dates of the agricultural calendar, that is to say at each of the solstices and equinoxes, in which they developed a series of ritual festivals, and the reunion between distant communities was also celebrated. The sanctuary is therefore an Andean ceremonial center, in which there is a high concentration of energy from the earth. To which until today the locals attend to perform a series of rituals called: “pagapus”. In addition, Sondor was part for years of a great hacienda also called; This had an area of ​​50 thousand hectares, encompassing the Puna and the jungle, being the largest in all of Apurímac, the last owner of this gigantic Hacienda was Don Bernardino Ibáñez Altamirano.

How to get to Sondor?

Abancay is the capital of the Apurimac Region, a beautiful city, from which, on a road in very good condition, you can drive for approximately three hours to the city of Andahuaylas, however, before arriving, take a detour along an established track. which leads to the Pacucha lagoon. You must drive along the shores of the lagoon along a dirt track that leads to the archaeological group of Sondor.

Upon arrival you will find a parking lot a sentry box to pay the 3 soles (less than a dollar) to be able to enter and get to know this archaeological group.

Points against visiting Sondor

There are no guides or much information in the area, so it will be convenient to get information before the trip. Another point against is that there is nowhere to eat near the archaeological group, so after your visit you will have to drive to Andahuaylas, where there are very good restaurants.

Enjoy the trip to this beautiful place, since access is by car to the same area, so that people of any age can visit and enjoy it.

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