Cattle ranchers have discovered what looks to be the ruins of a pre-Hispanic citadel, possibly Inca, in the thicket of the Peruvian jungle in the southern region of Cusco, announced the Provincial Municipality of La Convención. The ruins consist of platforms, streets, passageways, walls and dwellings that cover an area of about two hectares, although the vegetation may hide more buildings.
The citadel is located in an area belonging to the Lacco Yavero valley and the National Sanctuary of Megantoni, a five day walk from an area known as Sacramento.
The finding was made by three cattle farmers as they grazed cattle around the area on September 9.
The Municipality of La Convención reported the discovery to the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cuzco and sent a delegation to the location, but upon arriving in Sacramento they found that the local population had already organized an expedition with personnel from the National Service of Natural Protected Areas the State (Sernanp). The villagers did not allow municipal officials to join the group due to concerns restricting the use of mobile phones, GPS devices, cameras or audiovisual camcorders.
The Provincial Municipality of La Convención added that the remains found may be the Paititi, an ancient and legendary Inca kingdom, although there are still no technical grounds to confirm this assertion.
Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire and in its region are also the three main citadels that built that civilization, the famous Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba.