Tambo Colorado A World Heritage Site

Latin America

Tambo Colorado,

Also called Puka Tampu, Puka Tampu, Pucallacta or Pucahuasi, Tambo Colorado is a large, well preserved, 15th century Incan administrative centre, situated near to Pisco.

Tambo Colorado was built as a resting stop for those travelling between the coast and the mountains in order to acclimatize to the altitude difference.

The building walls at Tambo Colorado were built of adobe and coloured in thick stripes of red, white and yellow, which can still be seen today.

The site of Tambo Colorado includes a palace and temple, and it is interesting to learn that the Inca who lived here had access to draining showers and medics who would perform brain surgery on rock dart wounds which had caused internal bleeding in the brain.