El Templo del Cóndor tiene la forma de un laberinto en el que, en la parte más baja, hay una escultura en unas rocas de granito con la forma de un Cóndor andino
Se puede ver la cabeza del Condor rodeada por su collar blanco y otro collar más que resalta la importancia de la cabeza . Dos grandes rocas parecen las alas
The condor temple has a laberint shape and in the lower part there is a sculture in a granite rock with the shape of an Andean Condor
You may see the condor head surrounded by its white ruff and another collar more that highlights the head .Two big rocks look like his wings
Desde este punto tienes una visión completa de todo el complejo del machu Pichu , el Huayna Picchu , todas la s montañas de los alrededores y la entrada de los que hacen el "Camino del Inca"
Puesto de Vigilancia es uno de los pocos sitios que han sido restaurados imitando el techo de paja original
From this point you have a complete overview of Machu Pichu complex , the Uaina Pichu , all surrounding mountains and the access of those that from the "Inca trail".
The watching point is one of the few places that has been restored copying the original straw roof
The first place to be visited in Machu Picchu is the Agricultural Sector. It consists of stepped terraces for cultivation built on the slopes of surrounding mountains.
The whole citadel is surrounded by theses terraces for cultivation because land was obviously scarce on the top of the mountain. Again... you have to go there to understand it...
The view is pretty incredible from the trian. The snow capped Andes in the distance and the rushing mighty Rio Urubamba .
The mood was festive as we travelled closer to what for many of us wasa trip of a life time.
With all the wonder around us , there were ordinary sites that made us realize , people lived here. This was their home .
One such site was a lone tree . You had to imagine that it exsisted when life was lived in this wonderful place perhaps planted to give shade from the hot sun....
The "hitching post of the sun" is a carved rock pillar whose four corners are oriented toward the four cardinal points. The Inca were accomplished astronomers, and used the angles of the pillar to predict the solstices. The sun exerted a crucial influence on the agriculture, and therefore the well-being of the whole society. It was considered the supreme natural god.
This is a famous stone and a definite must- see. The only known intact Incan Intihuatani, "hitching post of the Sun," is found at Machu Picchu. Hidden from the Spanish and for hundreds of years , the sculpture remains unbroken.
The agricultural sector Machu Picchu is so beautiful and peaceful.There are stepped terraces for cultivation (andenes) built on the slopes of surrounding mountains. The lamas grazing on the grassy terraces remind us of the extrodinary country we are visiting ...Peru.
It is amazing to see how advanced the people from this mysterious city really were with there engineering. In what is called the urban sector I was surprised to see the elaborate network of water canals they built . They were suitable for domestic and irrigation use.
There were small squares and courtyards and two immense architectural groups with streets and stairwells that consist of a total of 3,000 steps.
The stone work was truly a wonder.. The Incas were masters of the technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Many junctions are so perfect that not even a knife fits between the stones.
You couldn't help but wonder " How did they move these stones!!" It is believed that they used hundreds of men to push the stones up inclined planes.
According to the archaeologists, Machu Picchu was divided in three great sectors: the Sacred District, the Popular District, to the south, and the District of the Priests and the Nobility (royalty zone).
With our guide we walked through thebruins of what was the royalty area. You could clearly see a group of houses located in rows over a slope, they were for the nobility; the zone of the princesses had trapezoid-shaped rooms.
The entire area had a mystic sense. Maybe it was really just the altitude or the surreal splendour or the story but you could easily imagine a bustling city that once was. ..and the need arose to learn more.
This"Lost City of the Incas") a pre-Columbian Inca ruin is so well-preserved. You can see the whole city blended in to the high mountain ridge. Why were they here? Where did they go?
We booked our guide as soon as we got to the hotel . The advantage to staying overnight is, you beat the bus tours and have much of your first view to Machu Piccu to yourself. And what a first view it was!!!
We headed out and arrived to a foggy vista...but before we could even think about the fog slowly cleared and revealed the long lost Incan city that we had travelled so far to see!!
If you tire of all the other tourists and want to experience some of Machu Picchu by yourself, try hiking to the relatively remote Temple of the Moon. Located on the backside of Huayna Picchu, it is a fairly strenuous but rewarding 45-minute hike to the Temple of the Moon. The temple is set in the mouth of a natural cave and is home to some of the finest stonework in Machu Picchu.
This is a picture of myself standing in a wonderful trapezoid doorway. This photo serves as an excellent example of Inca architecture. The stones you see here were carved by hand and sculpted into place on the walls without the use of mortar. So well did the Incas construct their walls that they have stood over 500 years enduring earthquakes and the elements without suffering any serious damage. That is why Machu Picchu is so well preserved today.
This is one of those pictures of me that someone else insisted upon taking, in this case a tourguide for a group I was not even associated with.
arrange to stay at least one night in a hotel in machu picchu; this way you can take your time visiting the first day, stay late at the ruins & not have to worry about catching the train. Then you can come back the second day & leave early for the train.
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