Laguna Huacarpay: Andean biodiversity and water mirror
The Huacarpay Lagoon is part of a protected natural area, formed by singular and beautiful wetlands, full of great biodiversity. This area is located 30 km southeast of Cusco and located at an altitude of 3,050 m.s. in the district of Lucre, one of the twelve districts of the Province of Quispicanchi.
The name of Huacarpay refers to the white heron (Ardea alba), a bird whose Quechua denomination is "Wakar", one of the 108 species of birds found here. The wakar is present throughout the year, although its population in recent years has been reduced. In the northern part of the lagoon is the Wari citadel of Pikillaqta. The protected natural area is surrounded by the PIKILLAQTA archaeological park that has numerous pre-Inca and Inca vestiges, as well as countless terraces that were used by ancient cultures to supply the population that inhabited the citadel.