The little village of Raqchi (125km southeast of Cuzco) is wrapped around Templo de Viracocha, an Inca ruin which was once one of the holiest shrines in the Inca empire. It features huge columns supporting the largest-known Inca roof; mostly destroyed by the Spanish, but their foundations remain. The ruins of many houses and storage buildings are also visible.
The people of Raqchi are charming and environmentally conscious, working periodically to eradicate litter left by visitors. And they are famous potters – many of the ceramics on sale in the markets of Pisac and Chinchero come from here.
On the third Sunday in June, Raqchi is the site of a colorful fiesta with much traditional music and dancing.