An Inca fertility temple (Inca Uyo) is across the street from The Taypikala Hotel. The walled site is filled with stone phalluses—originally about 60 of them. One is much larger than the others and has a notch at the top that is aligned with the sun’s rays on New Years (June 21.) Women wanting children would bring offerings, and then climb up and sit on it.
According to our guide, the Spanish knocked the tops off many of them, and also used them to hitch their horses.
The Plaza de Armas (main square) is very attractive, with nice landscaping and inlaid designs made from pebbles in the pavement. A colonial church, Nuestra Señora de la Ausunción, is by the square. The side yard of the church has an inquisition cross—two headless figures stand at the base of the large cross. The message is “convert or else!”
The other square, and another colonial church is about 2 blocks away.