Tambomachay is commonly referred to as the Inca baths because it was a site for ritual bathing and - maybe - an important centre of worship of water. The bath shows the Incas architectural talents and their huge knowledge of hydraulics. It is constructed with platforms, the top one looks like it was used as seats, the second platform has an underground spring that supplies the water cascading down to the bottom platform where the Incas could have a cold shower. The stonework was of very high quality and this indicates that Tambomachay was only for upper class Incas.
There is a short walk from the parking lot to the ruins. Along the path there are many vendors selling all kind of souvenirs. You’ll also pass a couple of fields with llamas peacefully grazing...
I was brought by my guide about 8 km north of the city of Cuzco, in the southern Peruvian highlands to Inca ruins with a waterfountains - a place known as Tambomachay or Tampumachay.
It si also known as El Baño del Inca, "The Bath of the Inca", and there is a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls running through the familiar Incan rock formations.
The function of this archeological site is uncertain - was it a spa, does it have healing powers or is it just a military outpost? Nobody can really say for sure, but I do think I did touch the water just in case it might bring good luck, hehehe...
By the time we got to Tambomachay we had already been to Sacsahuaman, Q'enko, puka pucara and had done alot of walking. Most of the people in our group staye don the bus because they were cold, tired and it started to sprinkle alittle. Also our guide told us that from where we left the bus it would be a alittle bit of a hike to Tambomachay. More than half the bus decided to stay on the bus. But not Adrianna and I.
This place is also known as the baths of the Incas. These people were very intelligent. They developed a sofisticated system of aqueducts and canals through the mountain. It flows all year long whether its the rainy season or dry season. These baths were for religious ceremonies and its still somewhat unknown where the water comes from.
When our guide told the tour that this is known as the fountain of youth it was funny to see all these older ladies getting in there to get alittle taste of the water..
Tambomachay is a small ruin built over 4 terraces on a hill. It is made up of baths made from a series of aquaducts. It is truely incredible what the ancient Incan engineers were capable of.
You'll also be able to make friends with the local llamas whilst your visiting!
Just outside the city boundaries is this small, but interesting site. Tambo Machay is a small ruin comprised of a beautifully wrought ceremonial stone bath and is therefore popularly called “El Baño del Inca”.
Tambomachay or Tambo de la Caverna is about 15 minutes away from Cusco by bus. It’s name comes from two words from the Quencha language. Tampu means lodging and Machay means caves.
The site itself has four terraces on a hill. The terraces are made from irregularly carved stones. What is amazing about the site is it’s water system. There are two aqueducts which are carved into the rock and from which clean water flows throughout the year. Hundreds of years later you can still see three fountains with clear water flowing out of them.
The water coming from these springs were worshipped as a source of life. There is a small stone puddle at the lowest level believed to be a sacred spring. It is thought that this was where the Incas came to worship water. Imagine if there were no other people in the place and it was quite and all you could hear was the sound of water. It would be very spiritual.
There is a fortified tower in front of the building. This suggests that in addition to a place of worship it may have served as a defense system and communication place.
Many tours visit this site as well as four other sites which are located close to this site. The cost of the tours are about $10 and you can use your $20 tourist ticket to gain entry into this site.
This set of running water shows the greatness that is Incan engineering. They managed to move water through a serious of aquaducts, considering the altitude I was at I was amazed at the Incan ability to have such an item.
Tambomachay is an interesting little Inca Ruin centered on a streem of warret falling from a spring. The water is funneled through chanels cut in the large stones. As is true of so many springs I have come accross this one has a legand that it's waters increase fertitity.
The furthest walkable ruin from the city of Cusco is this one, about 7 km from the city. This one is known as the baths of the Incas and has a functioning fountain in it (I would assume it has been restored.....but don't know)
This place is also called the Inca Baths. It is located near a spring and consists of three levels of stone platforms with a fountain. It is believed to have been a place of water ceremonies,worship and ritual bathing for higher nobility.
Admission is with the Tourist Ticket.
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