Driving through the main square of this small village, 47 kilometers south of Cusco, it is hard not to notice Urcos’s tidy colonial church with a public balcony on the second floor and stone steps in front.
On the outskirts of town, there is the beautifully decorated chapel at Huaro, which is on a hilltop overlooking a small lake. According to legend, Inca Huáscar threw a huge gold necklace into these waters to protect the treasure from the Spaniards.
The story seemed probable enough that National Geographic recently funded an exploration of the lake’s bottom by scuba divers—though thick mud prevented them from finding anything.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition