One of the statues Apukunaq Tianan

Apukunaq Tianan; Peru’s Adobe of the Gods

Discover Apukunaq Tianan, the contemporary tourist destination in Peru, blending Incan tradition with art.


Peru’s history is an intriguing tapestry of ancient civilizations, timeless traditions, and archaeological grandeur. Housing a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the world-renowned Machu Picchu, the historic sanctuary of Chavin, and the enigmatic Nazca Lines, it’s an archaeologist’s dream. Beyond these well-known sites, Peru is also home to less explored megalithic wonders, such as the massive stone walls of Sacsayhuaman and the band of geoglyphs at Paracas.

These historical treasures and Peru’s rich tapestry of Incan and pre-Incan lore make it a captivating haven for history buffs and explorers alike. Each monument, from towering stone structures to intricate carvings, narrates an enduring tale of Peru’s incredible past and its people’s extraordinary ability to shape nature into art. It is, without a reason of a doubt, one of my favorite countries.

The abode of the gods, also known as Apukunaq Tianan

Known for its captivating Incan ruins, Peru’s newest attraction – Apukunaq Tianan, or “abode of the gods,” is a testament to the enduring legacy of this ancient civilization. Created by Cusco-based sculptor Michael de Titan, the awe-inspiring exhibit sits conveniently 40 minutes from the heart of Cusco.

Mountain Faces Transformed into Artistic Wonders

Each sculpture is a marvel from the Andean creator deity Viracocha and Pachamama, the Incan Mother Earth goddess, to the symbolic head of a puma and the visage of the final Neo-Incan monarch, Túpac Amaru. Chiseled into the mountain rock using only a hammer and a chisel, these stone artworks stand tall, their heights ranging from 49.2 to 55.8 feet.


Apukunaq Tianan debuted in 2021, marking two centuries of Peru’s independence. Keep abreast of the visiting hours and ticket information by following the attraction’s updates on Instagram.

Apukunaq Tianan: Abode of the Gods

The “Abode of the Gods” has been stealing the spotlight in social media circles. Numerous photos of its enormous carved gods have been shared widely, sparking curiosity and admiration for this attraction situated in Cusco’s Sencca town, Poroy district.

Conceived from an artists desire to immortalize Incan gods in stone, Apukunaq Tianan offers visitors a peek into mythology. The artistic ensemble features Pachamama, cosmos, water deities, and runa (humankind), among others.


During the creation of this epic mountain mural, respect was shown to the deities through the observance of traditional rituals, emphasizing the sanctity and significance of this endeavor.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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