Ruins, Machu Picchu
Intipata means The Place of the sun. It’s an archaeological site formed mainly by agricultural terraces. The terraces of Intipata have a convex shape. Most hikers and we also passed it and followed the trail towards Wiñawayna.
The terraces of Intipata (uphill between Wiñawayna and Intipunku) were discovered by coincidence in 1992. The University of Cusco (UNSAAC) cleared the terraces and found there 5 small buildings. The ruin can be visited since 1998 but, people tell that they are not very interesting. A shortcut to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu existed in Inca times crossing Intipata but today this path doesn’t exist any more or is in a very bad shape, because this part of the Trail hasn't been cleared in 500 years and was forgotten.
If you stay in Aaguas Calientes after the trek
you may want to climb Putucusi, a mountain
across the river from Manchu Picchu that offers
great views of the ruins. There is some climb info at
Though you can see these pretty much from the trail, our group did not want to visit them as we were heading towards the biggest pass of the trek. Doreen and I decided to a closer look, not only to see them but to get away from the group a bit. The pass was a big equalizer anyway and we caught up sooner or later.
A trekking to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain is a long walk in a narrow trail, but it worth. From the top you have a view of ruins and the Urubamba Valley.
But be careful. Recently a tourist was thunder struck during a storm.
The only known surviving Incan Intihuatani, "hitching post of the Sun," is found at Machu Picchu because the Spanish conquerors never found the site. Shadows cast by the post may have had calender utility.
We can upon these impressive ruins which were only rediscovered in 1941 enroute to the Sun gate as you can see from my photo restoration work in going on using techniques which are as ancient as the ruins
View of the Machu Picchu ruins and Huaynu Picchu, the peak on the right, from the agricultural terraces.
The Torreon is perched on an immense rock and above a small cave.
Local folklore claims the cave is the birthplace of an Inca.
The Torreon walls continue the angle and shape of the rock below.
The window in this view has been theorized to have an astronomical orientation.
The surface drainage system generally directed agricultural and urban storm water runoff away from the water supply canal.
Well, I guess from my 3 year olds point of view. For him and the rest of us the climb to the top was off the beaten track enough....