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    Templo del sol - Temple of the Sun

    by elpariente Written Mar 1, 2007

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    El templo del sol se edificó en honor del Inti o Dios Sol es una construcción semicircular que está sobre una roca maciza y en su interior se aprecia una piedra labrada a dos niveles en forma de altar
    Sólo los sacerdotes y el Inca podían usar este templo
    The temple of the Sun it was built for the God Inti or Sun God is a semicircular building that is over a solid rock and inside you may see a carved stone in two levels with the shape of an altar
    Only the priests and the Inca could use this temple

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    Ceremonial Baths

    by ThiagoRamos Written Mar 1, 2007

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    The Ceremonial Baths (the only building with coverage) is right beside the Temple of the Sun. Like almost every building in Machu Picchu, historians are not sure about its purposes, but its location and structure indicate that it was used for some sort of religious ritual.

    Temple of the Sun and Ceremonial Baths
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    Condor

    by elpariente Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    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

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    Casa del Guardián / Guard House

    by elpariente Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    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

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    Agricultural Sector

    by ThiagoRamos Written Feb 28, 2007

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    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...

    Terraces of the Agricultural Sector Agricultural Sector Terraces surrounding the city...
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    View from the Train

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 15, 2006

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    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.

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    A tree

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 14, 2006

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    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....

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    Intihuatani - "hitching post of the Sun

    by easterntrekker Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    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.

    Intihuatani
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    Agricultural Sector

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 14, 2006

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    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.

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    The Urban Sector

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 14, 2006

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    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.

    Stairway from the past
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    Amazing Stone Work

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 8, 2006

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    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.

    An Inca Wall
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    The Royalty section

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 8, 2006

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    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.

    A window from the past
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    Listen and you will hear the sounds of the City

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 8, 2006

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    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?

    Machu Picchu With our guide
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    an early start to machu Picchu

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 8, 2006

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    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!!

    Our first glimpse of Machu Piccu Out of the morning fog Finally Revealed
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    Hike to the Temple of the Moon

    by bsfreeloader Written Aug 14, 2006

    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.

    Temple of the Moon Temple of the Moon Temple of the Moon Temple of the Moon Temple of the Moon

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