Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Incallajta: A trip to the Inca citadel

Located in Cochabamba, Incallajta is an Inca fortress that has survived to this day, with a monumental architecture similar to that of the Inca Machu Picchu city in Peru. Thanks to a tourism project, community members provide services to visit this and other attractions in the Pocona municipality.

If you are looking to explore ancient cultures vestiges, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Incallajta, an archaeological site that takes you on a journey through squares, neighborhoods, streets, and avenues that were once used by the Inca empire inhabitants.

The Incallajta ruins are located in the Pocona municipality, Carrasco province at the Cochabamba department, 140 kilometers from the Cochabamba capital.

This is an Inca fortress that has survived to this day with monumental architecture, according to archaeologists, similar to that of the Machu Picchu Inca city in Peru.

This walled city has a history dating back 500 years, when the Incas founded large military cities on the border with the Bolivian lowlands. Today, Incallajta is one of the most representative archaeological sites in Bolivia after Tiwanaku, and it was declared a National Monument in 1988.

Thanks to a tourism project that involves the Pocona community, executed by the Participation and Sustainable Human Development Center, Incallajta is one of the attractions that allows the area community members to take advantage of the tourist activity.


  • Local guide
  • Transportation


  • Set of buildings: Incallajta has a set of buildings in various sectors built on a 12-area hectares, delimited by deep ravines.
  • The Kallanka: It is the Incallajta’s main and most emblematic building. This 78-meter-long, 22-meter-wide, and 7-meter-high building, with a constructed area of more than 2,000 m2, includes 12 doors and 44 niches.
  • The Tower: It is a round structure that fulfilled the ancient astronomical calendar function.
  • The waterfall or “Pajcha”: It is one of the main Incallajta’s natural attractions. This waterfall surely was not only used as the area’s water supply, but also for the Pachamama cult (Mother Earth) and fertility.
  • Defensive design: From the air, Incallajta has the design of a condor in flight.

Location: Pocona is located in the Carrasco province at the Cochabamba department, 140 kilometers from the city of the same name, following the old road that leads to Santa Cruz.


Best time to visit:

  • All year.

Way to get there:

  • From Cochabamba city, by public transportation or taxi service, located at Manuripi Street No. 647, and Republica Avenue. Phone: 4560759.
  • Daily departures from 6:00 a.m. (Estimated time three hours)
  • By own transport:
  • Route status:

o      Cochabamba – Inca Crossing: Paved. (135 km)
o      Inca Crossing – Incallajta: Gravel. (14 km)

Essential clothing and accessories:

  • Comfortable and warm clothing
  • Sports shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle for daily hydration
  • First aid kit
  • Food for the day.


Mobile service coverage: Entel


Local guide service: Bs 50, for a group of maximum 5 people. ($7.5)


Pocona Autonomous Municipal Government

Phone: 591 -4 4136319

Email: [email protected]

This content is taken from the “Soy Bolivia” verified guide, prepared in April 2023 with information provided by organizations and communities involved. This guide is updated annually to ensure its validity. In order to suggest a community tourism venture, free of charge, you are welcome to send a WhatsApp message to the number (591) 70079347.

  • Note: Prices are updated to May 2023.

Warning. The images in this guide were provided by representatives of the involved communities, who assured that they use these photographs for the respective promotions of their ventures.