These are probably the best ruins in all the Trail. You see them in the 3rd day, after the 2nd highest Pass, just before lunch.
They are located on top of a mountain, and have incredible views, usually with coulds below...
Above the Sacred Plaza is another plaza-like area of great importance to the Incas. It's called the Intiwantana and it is the highest developed point inside the Machu PIcchu city walls. In the center of this plaza is the Intiwantana stone, which is also erroneously known by some as a sun dial because of the carving protruding from one side. Rather than being a functional timepiece, this stone has a spiritual significance lost over time. From the stone, you get a view of all of the sacred mountains, but that's about all you can discern.
While we were here, we saw several people put their hands on or near the stone as if to absorb some energy emitted by the rock. There are several spiritual tours that come to Machu Picchu for some reason. Suffice it to say tthat we also put our hands near the stone and nothing happened except thattey got a little wet.
These huts are a couple of only a few in Machu Picchu that have been restored. They are located near the entrance of the grounds and for the people who have arrived in Machu Picchu by train and bus, they are going to be you first impressions of the ruins. I never found out what the huts were used for but I might gather that because they are located next to amazing rows of terraces that were used for growing crops, that the huts were probably used for storage. What I appreciated about these huts with there restored thatched roofs is that this is what much of Machu Picchu probably looked liked 500 years ago.
The Central Plaza is pictured here in the foreground. It disects Machu Picchu into two sections. One half being the more important sites such as the Temple of the Sun are to the west. To the east are the prison group residential section of the ruins. During the hayday of Machu Picchu, the Central Plaza was probably used for agricultural purposes and for religious ceremonies and processions. Today the Central Plaza is home to grazing llamas.
Call it a fountain or call it an aqueduct, this stream of water flowing from step to step is one of the more tranquil spots in Machu Picchu. Just what the pools of water were used for is not exactly known. They could have been ceremonial baths. The stream could have been used for irrigation for the nearby terraces. These fountains were fed by underground water and were part of canal most of which is now dried up. The first three fountains are very well decorated which may suggest a more religious purpose. The fountains pictured here are also located very near the Temple of the Sun and the Royal Palaces.
This a hut by the ceremonial baths which because of their location near the Royal Tomb and the Temple of the Sun were persumably were used for religious purpose. Just by are 16 ceremonial baths that are all connected by a small aqueduct.
Below the Temple of the Sun is the Royal Tomb. The is cave that has been carved into the rock face. Despite of the name, no human remains have ever been found here and the purpose of the cave is not actually known. Inside is carved alter and several niches that produce dazzling shadows from the morning sun.
Upon entering ruins most people seem to head up the hill to the left by way of a winding trail to the Guardian' s Hut and the Funerary Rock. From here you have the classic view of Machu Picchu with the ruins spread out before your feet and with Huayna Picchu in the background. The rock is referred to as "funerary" because apparently there were some signs of burials nearby
The Urban Sector of the citadel of Machu Picchu is composed of 2 main urban groups separated by a huge yard.
The green grass separating the 2 sides of the city makes it look even more beautiful!!!
Las vistas desde este templo de Machu Picchu y de las montañas son muy buenas
The views from this temple of Machu Picchu and the mountains are very good
Machu Picchu is a sacred site. Take in the view, but also feel the energy that comes out of this place! It is there! Stop, look around, feel, and imagine what it was like some 600 years ago.
There is just so much to take in ....the terraces are so intact and amazing.
If you can manage to arrive early and miss the crowds...do so.
The Monumental Mausoleum is a carved statue with a vaulted interior and carved drawings. It was used for rites or sacrifices.
Although referred to as the Royal Tomb, no mummies have been found here and its actual use is unclear.
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