A contest called “Pachamama Rimac” has resulted not only in recognition for several local artists, but also in the beautifying of the town of Aguas Calientes. It also works perfectly as a method of sharing some of the ancient Andean culture and cosmovision with Peruvians and visitors alike.
Scattered throughout town are 20 sculptures hewn so breathtakingly from rock that they seem to spring to life, much like the ancient stonework for which the Inca are famous. The subjects chosen for these incredible works of art convey some of the essence of the Andean beliefs, such as an Apu, or mountain god, supporting and loving a child. All of these sculptures together are another way to recognize the beauty that surrounds one that can sometimes be overshadowed by the number of restaurants and hostals.